The Examen[1] is a prayer of review - a short reflection back over the day, recalling events and taking note of your feelings.

The purpose is to become more aware of the ways in which God has been present to you, the times when the Holy Spirit was drawing you towards life.

Although coming from an older monastic tradition, St Ignatius recommended it to his earliest followers.  It was the key prayer for Ignatius.  When early Jesuits found themselves too busy to fit in all their usual prayers, Ignatius gave them permission to pray less, but told them to keep up the examen.

[1] Examen is Spanish for examination, an examination of your day and how God was at work.



Breathe out into God how you are right now. Ask for God's light as you look over the day. What makes you glad? Breathe it in. What makes you sad? Let yourself feel it. Do not be afraid. Breathe in God's love. What do you need to help you? Let God...
A man lying down and thinking.
How often do I and my team stop and assess where the Holy Spirit has been in our work? How often do you pray together, as a team, recognising how you are being moved by the Spirit? How many groups do you meet about where you are feeling a bit on...
A group of people hiking together, looking down at view.