Ignatian spirituality is a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.
Here, we are introduced to a daily practice adapted from Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern 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.
The Examen of Consciousness is a way to consider where you found God in the events of your day and where you got in the way of finding God in those events. Regular daily practice of the Examen allows you to reflect on the person you are and are becoming. This six-minute video, produced by the Jesuits of the California Province, brings together Jack White, SJ; Ken Styles, SJ; Tony Sauer, SJ; Ed Fassett, SJ; Mary Ahlbach; Mark Thibodeaux, SJ; Dermot Murray, SJ; and Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM, to reflect on the Examen as a daily spiritual practice.