Prayer Focus: The Examen
The Examen is the practice of reflecting on the day's events in order to become aware of God's presence in our daily life, and to identify where God may be calling us to act differently. This simple, but rich prayer is the focus of the 2017 Christmas Book. In Shaughn's words, this book was selected because, "In reflecting on my day, the Examen allows me to make the moments I forget to be with God in prayer the most meaningful moments with God! I'm always surprised praying the Examen how the ordinary moments become God's most precious gift for me. I wanted to share this prayer, particularly with Jim Manney's book, forward! "
There's An App For That
Reimagining the Examen: A modern take on St. Ignatius's 500-year-old prayer, the app provides adaptations of the Examen to address specific needs and situations. Free. Available from iTunes and Google Play.
Examen Prayer: This app will guide you through the steps of the Examen. It also includes a reminder to pray and a journal feature, along with links to Scripture and other Church teachings. Free. Available from iTunes and Google Play.
Pray-As-You-Go: Prayer podcasts, including audio guided versions of the Examen for young adults, children, and adults are all easily accessible through this app. Also includes podcasts of the Rosary and Stations of the Cross. Free. Available from iTunes and Google Play.
Three opportunities to gather with others to chat about the book, get inspiration and ideas to enhance or improve your daily prayer, and to pray together! Reading the book in advance is encouraged, but not required.
There is no cost for these gatherings, but RSVPs are requested for planning purposes. Check back in early January for additional details.
Women's Breakfast Gathering
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8-9:30 am, St. Julie Center
Men's Breakfast Gathering:
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8-9:30 am, St. Julie Center
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 9-10:15 am, St. Julie Center
Additional Examen Resources
IgnatianSpirituality.com: This website provides a number of print, video, and podcast resources and reflections about the Examen. Includes video guides, a six-session podcast about praying the Examen at lunchtime, an ecological Examen, and more.
Praying the Examen with Children: Becky Eldredge, a writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader, describes how to pray the Examen as a family, based on her own experience with her three kids.