Examen

Praying the Ignatian Examen: Video Guided Prayer Exercise – Spiritual Article

Cultivating a relationship with God can be hard in the midst of our busy lives, and that’s why Ignatius of Loyola came up with the Examen in the 16th Century. His monks tired of all the different prayers they had to do every day, so the brilliant Ignatius came up with one prayer they could practice just three times a day. The Examen is a contemplative prayer with a somewhat scientific approach: it’s a practice repeated at least once daily…

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Seeing Goodness and Grace – Ignatian Spirituality – Spiritual Article

This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Toilet paper? Tax bills and late payments? Finding God in all things isn’t always easy. The Examen helps me see goodness and grace. To get me started, I use a formula learned from a holy friend: God, I come before you, knowing you love me and cherish me, enlighten and guide me. I embrace you, oh God. You live and grow in me. With these words I invite…

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Daily Lent Prayer: Discernment Through Ignation Examen – Spiritual Article

Put simply, Lent is a Christian season during which we honor the sacrifice Jesus made with a sacrifice of our own. Usually, whatever it is we let go is something that’s good for us, something that clears our heads and bodies, enabling us to feel better and find a deeper relationship with the Spirit. We can do this by giving up certain foods like meat or desserts, or replacing time watching TV with time spent in prayer. For the latter…

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Exploring the Examen Step-by-Step: Give Thanks – Spiritual Article

Editor’s note: We continue our series exploring each of the steps of the Examen. We’re using the Examen version from Jim Manney’s book, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer. We’ll look at a different step each week. 2. Give thanks. In his book, A Simple, Life Changing Prayer, Jim Manney summarizes the second step of the Examen this way: “Give thanks. The day I have just lived is a gift from God. Be grateful for it.” While one can…

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Exploring the Examen Step-by-Step: Ask God for Light – Spiritual Article

Editor’s note: Today we begin a series exploring each of the steps of the Examen. We’re using the Examen version from Jim Manney’s book, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer. We’ll look at a different step each week. 1. Ask God for light. Whenever I pray the Examen, asking for God’s light is essential. To ask for God’s light reminds me that I need God’s insight and assistance, and I can’t only rely on myself. We all need to grow in understanding…

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An Examen of Quiet – Ignatian Spirituality – Spiritual Article

Give thanks. Thank the Lord for all that you see and hear. And then thank the Lord for moments of quiet, brief though many may be. Thank the Lord for what might be revealed in the quiet. Ask for the Spirit. Ask the Lord to help you stop making excuses and start carving out time, even just a few minutes, to be still, present, and quiet. Ask the Lord to help you truly hear and discern. Review…

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Sitting with a Choice: Discernment Through Ignatian Examen – Spiritual Article

Here’s a simple spiritual practice you can do when sitting with a choice you need to make. It’s based on the ancient practice of the Ignatian Examen, a prayer where you take a reflective look at where you are most spiritually energized and where you are least energized (and that’s just one way to do it — there are hundreds of variations, but this one is helpful for discernment). Crafting the Question Let’s say you are trying to decide whether…

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Reflection Prayer: The Traditional Ignatian Examen – Spiritual Article

One prayer exercise to get in touch with our inner senses is called The Examen. The motto in Ignatian spirituality is to “find God in all things.” We do that by examining our life. As our lives unfold with each choice, our reactions to unexpected challenges, and our search for stability in the midst of change, we get glimpses of God’s loving guidance, companionship, and support. It’s as if Jesus says, “We have eyes to see.” We develop these special…

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The MicroShifts Examen – Ignatian Spirituality – Spiritual Article

Author Gary Jansen recommends approaching personal transformation by making “small change[s] in the way you look at the world or in the way you live your life,” a practice he calls MicroShifting. While the practice can be applied to many different areas of life, Jansen has come up with the MicroShifts Examen. He explains: Though Ignatius suggests we perform the Examen before we retire for the night, I recently decided to MicroShift the prayer into all parts of my daily…

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