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CTK Update
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
An invitation to participate in the Daily Examen prayer.
Dear Sisters & Brothers of CTK:

On Sunday, May 24th at 11:15am on Zoom, we will have a congregational forum regarding our pathway forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.  My prayer is that we collectively look toward who God is creating us to be during this time, more so than how we can simply return to what was once considered normal.  Next week, we will be using the five steps of the Daily Examen to prepare for this forum, which will allow us to engage in prayerful reflection before coming together for congregational discussion.

What is the Daily Examen?  That is what today's email is about.  The following description comes from IgnatianSpirituality.com and it will provide an overview of this prayer practice for us.  We will focus on one step per day next week - Monday-Friday - and I will send you an email with related material to guide this process.  I invite you to explore these steps over this weekend to come, and perhaps trying the prayer process a time or two at the end of a day, or multiple days.
 
Note that following descriptions are written by Loyola Press, and are not my own.  Normally I would use non-gendered language for God, but I have chosen not to edit these descriptions.

A great way to pray is to look for God’s presence in your life. More than 400 years ago St. Ignatius Loyola encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by proposing what has been called the Daily Examen. The Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and to discern his direction for us. Try this version of St. Ignatius’s prayer.

1. Become aware of God’s presence. Look back on the events of the day in the company of the Holy Spirit. The day may seem confusing to you—a blur, a jumble, a muddle. Ask God to bring clarity and understanding.

2. Review the day with gratitude. Gratitude is the foundation of our relationship with God. Walk through your day in the presence of God and note its joys and delights. Focus on the day’s gifts. Look at the work you did, the people you interacted with. What did you receive from these people? What did you give them? Pay attention to small things—the food you ate, the sights you saw, and other seemingly small pleasures. God is in the details.

3. Pay attention to your emotions. One of St. Ignatius’s great insights was that we detect the presence of the Spirit of God in the movements of our emotions. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. Boredom? Elation? Resentment? Compassion? Anger? Confidence? What is God saying through these feelings?

God will most likely show you some ways that you fell short. Make note of these sins and faults. But look deeply for other implications. Does a feeling of frustration perhaps mean that God wants you consider a new direction in some area of your work? Are you concerned about a friend? Perhaps you should reach out to her in some way.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to something during the day that God thinks is particularly important. It may involve a feeling—positive or negative. It may be a significant encounter with another person or a vivid moment of pleasure or peace. Or it may be something that seems rather insignificant. Look at it. Pray about it. Allow the prayer to arise spontaneously from your heart—whether intercession, praise, repentance, or gratitude.

5. Look toward tomorrow. Ask God to give you light for tomorrow’s challenges. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s coming up. Are you doubtful? Cheerful? Apprehensive? Full of delighted anticipation? Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask him for help and understanding. Pray for hope.

St. Ignatius encouraged people to talk to Jesus like a friend. End the Daily Examen with a conversation with Jesus. Ask forgiveness for your sins. Ask for his protection and help. Ask for his wisdom about the questions you have and the problems you face. Do all this in the spirit of gratitude. Your life is a gift, and it is adorned with gifts from God. End the Daily Examen with the Our Father.

Download a Daily Examen Prayer Card
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