January 31, 2019 — This application is part of my everyday life now. In order to describe how I’m using it, I decided to reflect on some questions.
Almost every morning. Mostly during weekdays, on the bus, on my way to work. On weekends, I try to make it a point that it’s the first app I open when I hold my phone – sometimes I am successful, sometimes not. This is mainly because of the notifications that piles on when I am asleep.
I like Daily Reflections because it keeps me in line and focuses on my day ahead. I also like the Reminders, which allows me to make time for reflection and prayer.
For a person who has limited cellphone data, I stick to the passage of the day (text on image) and daily inspirations, which includes Scripture, Ignatian Reflection, and prayer.
SCRIPTURE – Assigned reading of the day from the Bible. Most of the time it is from the New Testament, sometimes from the Old Testament.
IGNATIAN REFLECTION – Reflection based on the scripture given. The reflection is usually written by a Jesuit. There are times that a lay collaborator writes it, which I love because it gives me a different perspective in life (e.g. reflection of a mom, of a teacher in a developing country, professor in a private school, a social worker in a run-down neighborhood )
PRAYER – It can be a personal prayer, sometimes it a famous prayer of saints (I.e. Prayer of Generosity).
It gives me peace for the day.
No. It is mainly a supplement to my prayer routine, which is praying the rosary and reciting prayers I have in my Pinterest account. Personally, I think the Jesuit Prayer app serves as a glue to my prayer routine. It is the main source of reflection: It helps me reflect on the mysteries of the rosary and at the same time, assists me in choosing which prayers to recite from my Pinterest account. The reflection part helps a lot in controlling my actions and emotions during the day.
I hope that in the future, we can customize the reminders per day. As I have a different schedule during weekdays versus the weekends.