The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern God’s direction for us. It is based on a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises (a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices to help people deepen their relationship with God).
You can start with once a day; bedtime is often a good time. When possible also add lunch time.
St. Ignatius encouraged people to talk to Jesus like a friend. End the Daily Examen with a conversation with Jesus. Ask forgiveness for your sins, protection, help, and wisdom about the questions you have and the problems you face, all in the spirit of gratitude. Your life is a gift from God. End the Daily Examen with the Our Father.
Video presentation on The Examen
More information on The Examen from Loyola Press
Brochure in PDF format
Bookmark from the Jesuits
A 6-session Lunchtime Examen from Loyola Press
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