Spiritual Exercises

Mind your own business is something that ought to cross my mind more. How often do we get caught up in gossip and compare ourselves to others? More than we would probably like. This thinking is non-conducive to becoming the beset version of ourselves. Everyday God invites us to improve our former self. It is a constant call for transformation. A good way to help see if we are making the right strides is to follow the Examen. This is a form of prayerful reflection on the events of the day, thus it is usually prayed at night. In this spiritual exercise we thank God for all the many ways He has blessed us. Then review the events of the day and see where we have fallen short. ie. (Have I put others before myself? Making others feel comfortable, being cheerful) Essentially it leads one to think, in what ways have I been the light to Christ and in what ways I haven’t? The Examen also answers what we should pray about. I have found the Examen to be helpful because this is a guided prayer. To ponder and meditate has always brought many insights on how I have been blinded to certain things. After this prayer one can feel like he or she has done well or that he or she might have fallen short. Nevertheless, this prayer is pleasing to God because he sees that we are trying to seek ways to improve. Sometimes after this prayer if I have fallen short that I know that tomorrow I can always begin again.

 

“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation:the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2Corinthians 1:17

If you are not familiar with the Examen here is a helpful link to learn more about it: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen.

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