A Practice of Examen

A Daily/Weekly Practice* to assist us in our desire to see God in All things

My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours, Ephesians 1:18

  1. Become aware of God’s presence.Take moment and reflect on the presence of God in your midst throughout your day (Psalm 139).
  2. Review with gratitude.Gratitude is the foundation of our relationship with God. Walk through your day in the presence of God and note its joys and delights.
    • For what moment today am I most grateful? For what moment today am I least grateful?
    • What was today’s high point? What was today’s low point?
    • What was it today that was most life-giving? What was it today that was most life draining?
    • When today did I have the greatest sense of belonging to myself, others, and God? When did I have the least sense of belonging today?
    • When did I sense connection with God? When did I sense a disconnection with God?
    • When did I give and receive the most love today? When did I give and receive the least love today?
    • When was I happiest today? When was I saddest?
  3. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.Ask the Holy Spirit to lead.
    1. Look at it.
    2. Pray about it.
    3. As we reflect on our daily lives we will find launching points for gratitude, instances of God’s presence and activity, as well as items for confession.
  4. Look toward tomorrow.Thank God for His presence with you in the past day.  Leave with Christ whatever struggles and sins presented themselves.  Rest in the assurance of forgiveness and the anticipation of peaceful night’s rest.

In the end, the prayer of Examen is about noticing: noticing the good gifts God gives us, noticing the presence of God in our lives, and noticing the ways we fail God. When we notice, we become more conscious. When we become more conscious, we grow.  –Richard Peace


*Adapted from Ignatian Spirituality

More than 400 years ago St. Ignatius encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by proposing what has become known as the Examen. The Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and to discern his direction for us.


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