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The Examen by Ignatius of Loyola

Updated on March 16, 2012

Prayer


The Examen

by St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola is a spiritual master of the church. In his Spiritual Exercises he suggests a daily review of one’s life as part of prayer. The following is an adaptation.

Preparation:

*Make time for prayer (It can be any time of day; start with 5 minutes)

*Find a quiet spot (any quiet place will do)

*Sit comfortably

*Feel God’s presence

*Be ready to enter a deep and intimate conversation with Jesus

Step 1. Recall the Presence of God; ask the Holy Spirit to help you look at your life with love this day.

Step 2. Look at your day with gratitude; remember the details.

Step 3. Ask help from the Holy Spirit to look at your actions this day.

Step 4. Review your day: When did I fail? When did I love? What habits and life patterns do I have?

Step 5. Talk with Jesus about what you did and what you did not do. Remember both the bad and the good...be sorry and be thankful.

End with The Lord’s Prayer


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