How is God active in my life?
In the 19th century, St. Ignatius of Loyola developed this prayer exercise to help us become more aware of God’s movements in our daily life.
- The Examen assists us in becoming more sensitive to the many ways the Spirit of God helps us to grow in our relationship with God.
- It is a time of prayer where God speaks to us.
- It gives us the understanding we need to co-operate and respond to God’s presence.
Begin by looking over your day and asking the Spirit of God to reveal what you need to see.
- Do not specifically choose what you think you should be thankful for but, rather, see what emerges, what you notice, even slightly.
- How do you feel about what God has shown you?
- Do you see the goodness of your life?
- Do you see your own shortcomings?
- Be open to what comes and see God’s hand in it.
What is God asking of you?
- Re-examine the day, and ask God to reveal where He has been present in your life, either to you or through others.
- Observe your feelings, urges, desires and what seems to stand out.
- Look for the joy, pain, turmoil, love, anger, harmony, anxiety, freedom, enchantment, isolation that has been present in your life today.
What has been your response to what God asks of you in these experiences or situations?
- Is there a place in your heart or attitude where God is asking you to change?
- Is there an area where God is asking you to focus your attention, to pray more seriously, or take action?
See your invitation to change.
- Seek forgiveness for the moments you did not recognize or respond to God’s love.
- Thank God for those moments when you have responded to God.
Finish your prayer by asking for God’s help.