(Review of the Day)


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.



Can I identify how I made a conscious effort to care for God’s creation during this day? What challenges or joys do I experience as I recall my care for creation? How can I repair breaks in my relationship with creation, in my unspoken sense of...
A woman walking through a wood. Text: Ecological Examen
THANKS for all the day has been and for all your gifts. These are the moments that come to mind when I think about saying “Thank you” I’M SORRY for the moments of selfishness and unkindness and any other times when I did not manage to be your hands...
sunflowers at dusk
With your hand on your heart ask Jesus to bring to your heart the moment today for which you feel most grateful. Recall what was said and done in that moment. Enjoy the gratitude you feel again now. Breathe in its life. Ask Jesus to bring to your...
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Ask for God’s light as you review the day, that God will show you what will be most helpful to see. Let your mind’s eye look back over the day, gently noticing whatever catches your attention. There is no need to remember everything. Be relaxed...
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