We all receive countless graces. Some are huge and we often recall them as they have influenced our lives in significant ways. But what of the many graces of everyday? When we take time to recall them, we are deepening our gratitude to God for the many gifts received. I think that was one of the reasons St. Ignatius stressed the importance of the examen to be made twice a day even if a Jesuit could not make longer prayer. The review of the day at noon and at night is to thank God for what has been good and all the graces received and then ask pardon for what was not good and see how we can be more Christlike the next day. There are, of course, many ways to reflect back over your day. I find that keeping my gratitude journal helps me to be aware of the graces God offers me each day.
Today, the Feast of the Purification, we know that Mary pondered in her heart all that Simeon told her. Let us ask her to help us reflect on the many graces God offers us each day!