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From the Director

Recently I was reminded of a prayer experience that I learned about when I was a graduate student at Creighton University taking classes in Christian Spirituality. It is called the Daily Examen. It is very much a part of the Ignatian Spirituality practiced by the Jesuits and those who have studied it. It is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day to detect God’s presence and discern God’s direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us to see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

The following is a short summary of the steps that are usually followed practicing the Examen:

Start by allowing yourself to quiet down and begin to reflect on the events that stand out in your day.Open yourself to the presence of God:

  • Think of the good things that happened that day.
  • Review the interactions of the day:
  • Was it a good day or a bad day?
  • What did you do?
  • Was there a difficult situation in which you found yourself?
  • Become aware of the relationships and personal presence of others in your life.
  • Was there a moment when you sensed God’s presence with you?
  • Become aware of your emotions during those times.
  • Think of the opportunities you could have tomorrow to do better:
  • What are you excited about?
  • Ask for God’s presence.
  • Say a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s presence in your life.
One of the Jesuit teachers I had in this program referred to the Daily Examen as “rummaging for God.” He likened it to “going through a drawer full of stuff," feeling around, looking for something that you are sure must be there, and finding God in it.

Br. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.
National Director of the VMs
truhmann@snows.org

 

 

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