Simple guide to the Daily Examen

December 5, 2022
December 5, 2022

The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

The method presented here is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted it to be shared as widely as possible.

In a nutshell, the 5 simple steps for 5-20 minutes each evening:

1. Ask God for light

I want to look at my day with God's eyes, not merely my own

2. Give thanks

The day I have just lived is a gift from God. Be grateful

3. Review the day

I carefully look back on the day just completed, being guided by the Holy Spirit Who is love

4. Face your shortcomings

I face up to what is wrong-in my life and in me. These are the things I need to change, to repent of.

5. Look toward the day to come, the Kingdom of God at hand.

I ask where I need God tomorrow

In more detail:

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