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.
I only came in contact with a few people today. Maybe He smiled at someone in the grocery store through me, bringing a moment of forgetting their troubles. He gave me extra rest (I had a nap this afternoon). I offered today’s Mass and Holy Communion for Jesus’ and Mary’s intentions for graces for others this Lent. I love thinking about how they do this.
2) Give thanks. The day I have just lived is a gift from God. Be grateful for it.
So many things to be grateful for: going to Notre Dame de Lourdes for Mass this morning, the abundance in our grocery stores but shopping wisely nevertheless, the avocados from Peru (and not expensive), a quiet day and the anticipation of the Ontario holiday tomorrow (Family Day, no classes, yay!).
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? Right this moment, as I am doing my examen. The wind is howling outside tonight, but the kitchen is quiet. I heard a line from Scripture inside of me: “But God was not in the wind.” So I just went to look it up, and have just now re-read 1 Kings, Chapter 19, about the Flight to Horeb. I hadn’t remembered this section, but it must have been the Lord who in His presence, right here, right now, wanted me to see these lines: “Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you! He [the prophet Elijah] got up, ate and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.” What could this be but a personal word of encouragement to me from God for the forty days of Lent? “After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.” Yes, I heard the whisper tonight. It was inside me that I heard it; God was not in the wind. I heard it, obeyed, took action, and was given encouragement.
4) Face your shortcomings. I face up to what is wrong – in my life and in me.
Where did I fall short today? I was a bit distracted during Mass today (my own fault, not because anything distracting was taking place). It’s after 10:30 p.m. already, and I haven’t finished my daily prayers. Also, I didn’t get my Lenten calendar/schedule done as I had wanted to – I opted for extra sleep instead.
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? I would really love to know and feel Him with me tomorrow, guiding my organizing/scheduling, so that His plans, goals and Will are accounted for, not just my own.
Another beautiful Lenten resource I’m following: 24-7 Prayer – Lent 2013 Walk With Us (podcast or video), starting February 13, 2013.