How To Measure Your Spiritual Progress

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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 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 method presented here is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted it to be shared as widely as possible. One of the few rules of prayer that Ignatius made for the Jesuit order was the requirement that Jesuits practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

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3 Responses to How To Measure Your Spiritual Progress

  1. Shadaan says:

    We try to allow God to enter and reveal things that are in the depths of my heart and personality. The Examen is a simple Ignatius prayer which helps a person develop a spiritual sensitivity to the way God approaches, invites, and calls them. In the Novitiate, we make the Examen twice a day.
    It has 5 simple points:
    1. Recalling that one is in the presence of God
    2. Thanking God for all the blessings one has received
    3. Examining how one has lived his day
    4. Asking God for forgiveness
    5. Resolution and offering a prayer of hopeful recommitment
    But doesn’t this make us self-centred and exploiters who want to save ourselves. We are not sure if this information is the truth although it sounds good for individuals. At the same time there are billions that are suffering, shouldn’t we be asking God why the suffering or please stop the suffering instead of being selfish.

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  2. The Raven says:

    Shadaan

    How can examining one’s own self and one’s own faults make one either self-centred or exploitative?

    And how does making a brief ex amen twice a day blot out time to ask God to care for His people or blot out the time that one spends actually in the service of His people?

    Your comment makes no sense.

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  3. csawchuk2012 says:

    Shadaan:
    It is by praying the Examen that we grow more deeply in our spiritual life, so that God may be able to do great things through us. God is limitless. He doesn’t have a prayer quota that he needs filled out every day. So we can still pray for the poor and suffering, but praying the Examen is very good, too.

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