Reflection and Prayers for April 30

offered by Leah Springford

Ignatian Spirituality

The Examen

The Examen is a method of reviewing your day in the presence of God.  It’s actually an attitude more than a method, a time set aside for thankful reflection on where God is in your everyday life.  There are 5 steps which can be followed in any order.

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 for it.

3.    Review the day

I carefully look back on the day just completed, being guided by the Holy Spirit.

4.    Face your shortcomings

I face up to what is wrong – in my life and in me.

5.    Look toward the day to come

I ask where I need God in the day to come.

Truly my soul finds rest in God:  My salvation comes from him.

Truly God is my rock and my salvation; God is my fortress; I will never be shaken.

                                                                                                Psalm 62 V.1,2.