As found at: Ignatian Spirituality.com, this six-session series is led by Jim Manney, author of “A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer. Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen”. See: Lunchtime Examen.
1) Ask God for light. I want to look at my day with God’s eyes, not merely my own.
Today He saw me doing my best – my day was planned for fully, and jam-packed. He heard me talking to Him all day, as we check-marked things off the list together. He gave me energy each time I asked, and walked many blocks with me, making the time fly by and everything I was hauling around that much lighter.
2) Give thanks. The day I have just lived is a gift from God. Be grateful for it.
Thank you, God, for getting me to confession and Mass when I almost backed out because it was a far walk in the cold and wind. Thank you for the wonderful get-together afterwards with friends and colleagues I hadn’t seen in many years. I’m grateful for all the smiles and hugs, the laughter and the cheese and crackers.
3) Review the day. I carefully look back on the day just completed, being guided by the Holy Spirit.
When was God especially present today? All day long, quite literally, there was constant communication. But in and through the priest who heard my confession, strikingly so. He talked to me for quite a while before giving me absolution, even though I hadn’t asked him anything or confessed anything out of the ordinary for me. I knew it was a special word from the Lord, through the priest. This is what struck me the most; at one point he said, “It’s a spiritual battle, and it’s not with anything on the outside. It’s in the heart.”
4) Face your shortcomings. I face up to what is wrong – in my life and in me.
Where did I fall short today? I fulfilled all my obligations with God’s help, but I didn’t go about my day with joy and gratitude. As I said, we check-marked things off the list together, but I felt like I was getting through everything with steely-eyed determination instead of with grace and ease.
5) Look toward the day to come. I ask where I need God in the day to come.
Where and how will I need you tomorrow, Lord? Please help me not to waste this precious Saturday in any way. (But I’m not setting my alarm clock.)
Another beautiful Lenten resource I’m following: 24-7 Prayer – Lent 2013 Walk With Us (podcast or video), starting February 13, 2013.