Contemplative prayer allows you to fall into the safety net of divine silence, which alone is big enough to contain all the contradictions of life.
— Richard Rohr (from Daily Meditations for September 7-13, 2014)
The fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith. The fruit of faith is love, and the fruit of love is service. But to be able to pray we need silence; silence of the heart. And if we don’t have that silence, we don’t know how to pray.
— Mother Teresa from Where There Is Love, There Is God
By following five simple yet powerful steps for praying the examen, we can encounter the God who, as Scripture tells us, “is not far from each one of us” — the God whose presence in our lives can make all the difference in the world.
- Ask God for light — I look at my day through God’s eyes.
- Give thanks — the day I have just lived is a gift from God.
- Review the day — I am guided by the Spirit of God.
- I face up to my shortcomings — what is wrong in my world and life.
- Where do I need God in the day to come?
— Examen as described by Jim Manney in A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen
- The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today
- Jesus: A Pilgrimage
- Contemplative Prayer
- Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer