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the examen

i first learned about the examen from an interview i heard with fr. james martin, sj. i was so intrigued i bought his book, "the jesuit guide to (almost) anything" just to learn more. the examen is a reflection at the end of your day and consists of the following steps:

  1. Place yourself in God's presence. Give thanks for God's great love for you.

  2. Pray for the grace to understand how God is acting in your life.

  3. Review your day — recall specific moments and your feelings at the time.

  4. Reflect on what you did, said, or thought in those instances. Were you drawing closer to God, or further away?

  5. Look toward tomorrow — think of how you might collaborate more effectively with God's plan. Be specific, and conclude with the "Our Father."

if you're interested in trying the examen, fr. martin now offers a daily podcast that will walk you through the examen. it's perfect for someone like me who just speeds through it on my own!

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