This past weekend, Fr. Jack preached about the importance of getting to know Jesus and allowing Him to know us. He recommended the book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, S.J. Below is the Martin’s discussion of the Examen, a valuable, proven way to grow in your relationship with Jesus.
Before you begin, as in all prayer, remind yourself that you’re in God’s presence, and ask God to help you with your prayer.
- Gratitude: Recall anything from the day for which you are especially grateful, and give thanks.
- Review: Recall the events of the day, from start to finish, noticing where you felt God’s presence, and where you accepted or turned away from any invitations to grow in love.
- Sorrow: Recall any actions for which you are sorry.
- Forgiveness: Ask for God’s forgiveness. Decide whether you want to reconcile with anyone you have hurt.
- Grace: Ask God for the grace you need for the next day and an ability to see God’s presence more clearly.
Martin, James (2010-02-20). The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life
I echo Fr. Jack’s recommendation of the book and the examen. The book is an excellent primer in the spiritual life and roots us in the basics. The examen calls us to examine our relationship with God daily. I’ll close this log with another quote from the book that exposes the roots of prayer.
You sanctify whatever you are grateful for.
May you practice gratitude this week and every day of your life.