Examen

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.

 

 

1 Relax in the presence of God. Be aware of God’s loving presence in, and all around you.Thank God for something God has loved into your life since your last Examen. 2 Beg to be given the ‘mind and heart of Christ’, to see the reality as Jesus sees...
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1 Relax. Feel open. Open your heart. Put things out of sight, out of grasp, out of thought. Let go. Recall that we are in the presence of God. We are always in God’s presence but here and now, we place ourselves in God’s presence. Give thanks for...
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1 Become still and settled. Let go of all that is drawing your attention away from this moment. Give thanks to God for all the people’s faces that come into your life. Whether they test you or bring out the best in you, they have Christ dwelling in...
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Lord, let me be still and at peace, just for a few moments, in the busy-ness of my day. Let me be attentive to where I have been and where I am headed. And let me see where you have been present in my life today. Amen.
Lord, let me be still and at peace,  just for a few moments, in the busy-ness of my day. Let me be attentive  to where I have been and where I am headed. And let me see where you have been present in my life  today. Amen. Image: a man walking along a path
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...
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