The Daily Examen

‘The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and disern 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.’

Recall that you are in the presence of God
 - Be aware that you are created in the image and likeness of God
 - Be aware that God is present within you, in the creation that surrounds you, and in those around you
 - Ask the Holy Spirit to let you look on all you see with love

Spend a moment looking over your day with gratitude for the day’s gifts
 - Recall the good moments – the moments that made you smile or laugh

Ask God to send you his Holy Spirit to help you look at your actions, attitudes and motives with honesty and patience
 - Ask that you will learn and grow as you reflect on this day, thus deepening your knowledge of self and your relationship with God
 - The Holy Spirit inspires you to see with growing freedom the development of your life story

Review your day
 - Explore the actions of your day starting from when you first woke up this morning;

  • What were the movements of your heart?
  • What were you involved in?
  • Who accompanied you throughout the day?

 - What were you actions towards others?
     Did you:

  • Scoff or encourage?
  • Listen or ignore?
  • Rebuke or forgive?
  • Did you cut someone off or let them speak?
  • Did you neglect or thank?

 - This is not the time to dwell on the negative actions of the day; rather it is a gentle look with the Lord at how you responded to God’s gifts

Heart-to-heart talk with Jesus
 - Speak to Jesus about the day
 - Share your thoughts on the actions, attitudes, feelings and interactions which you had throughout the day
 - You might feel you need to seek forgiveness, ask for direction, share a concern or express gratitude
 - Having reviewed the day look upon yourself with compassion and see your need for God
 - Express sorrow for you wrongdoings throughout the day
 - Express thanks for those times when you have recognised God’s presence in your day
 - Express praise for all that is good in your life