I will employ the time of my examination of conscience today to thank God for all the graces and blessings he has bestowed upon me
Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward who was reported
to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, 'What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.' The steward
said to himself, 'What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from
me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am
removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.' He called in his master's
debtors one by one. To the first he said, 'How much do you owe my master?' He replied, 'One hundred
measures of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write
one for fifty.' Then to another he said, 'And you, how much do you owe?' He replied, 'One hundred
measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.' And the
master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. For the children of this world are
more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light."
Prayer: Father, your son, Jesus Christ, has asked me to make a commitment to this moment of
prayer in my daily journey. What will he do? I suppose he will teach me about you since this seems
to be his favorite topic. He has told me that you are love and mercy, and that you know how to give
good things to us your children. Look favorably on this moment of conversation and receive me more
deeply into your love through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. Jesus Christ, where else can I turn each
day but to you? One day, I will make that final turn to you, and it will last for all eternity. Yet
as in everything else, you set the pace, you take the initiative, and you are the protagonist. You
will turn and look my way first and I, as I strive daily to do, will respond and gaze back into your
eyes. This moment of prayer is a rehearsal for that final turn to you. Amen.
Lord, allow me to drink deeper of the experience of help me to respond better to your
1. What Is This? “What is this I hear about you?!” Of course, this is just a
parable. In actuality, God doesn't need to "hear" anything about us since he is all-knowing. Yet, he
may very well say to us, "What is this!" as he looks over the record of our lives and reminds us
that we are accountable for all our free actions. Let us take a look, in our prayer now, at the face
of this Father who asks, "What is this?!" Does it not express concern over a wound in our soul, over
something that has marred the beauty of our image as sons and daughters of this Father?
Full Account:. Yes, we will have to give that full account. The sacrament of reconciliation,
prepared by thoughtful and prayerful examinations of conscience, affords us the opportunities to
give that account, piece-by-piece, as a preparation for the final audit. What a grace! Are we taking
advantage of it?
3. Squanderer:. Could the Good Lord accuse us of being a
squanderers? This isn't the only place in the Gospels where the word appears. Recall that the
Prodigal Son was accused of squandering his father's wealth. Certainly to squander is to misuse, to
use unwisely, to waste, or to use extravagantly. What about all the graces that God has given to us:
our faith, our Catholic Church, the sacraments, the scriptures, the example of the saints, the rich
deposit of Catholic tradition, the means that have been placed in our hands today, the time we have
been offered, the talents we have been given? Are we squanderers? How can I respond better to the
many gifts Our Lord has given me? How can I better “invest” my talents for the sake of the Kingdom
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus Christ, awaken me to your gifts and
make me zealous and generous in using them for your glory, for the good of the Church and for the
brothers and sisters you have put at my side. Through my daily examination of conscience, help me to
be a good steward so as tothat one day I may arrive with you and enjoy you in paradise as my eternal
Resolution: I will employ the time of my examination of conscience today to
thank God for all the graces and blessings he has bestowed upon me. I will make a careful accounting
of what God has placed in my hands.