Examen Prayer

Gentle Reminders

  • Give yourself a solid 45-60 minutes of undistracted time.
  • Listen in a room set apart from others, not where there is a television or computer screen on.
  • Have a journal you can write with and write down the points that speak to your heart along with any questions you would like to bring to the live Zoom Q&A sessions.
  • After the conference, we invite you to ponder any key points that struck you and take some silent prayer time to let the Lord speak to you about these points.
Examen Prayer

How gentle and loving is Your awakening, O Bridegroom Word,
in the center and depth of my soul…
Awaken and enlighten me, my Lord, so I might know and love
the blessings You ever propose to me,
and I might understand that You have moved to bestow favors on me
and have remembered me.

St. John of the Cross, Living Flame, 4:3,9

  1. THANKSGIVINGFather, I rejoice in Your love for me. You thought of me and so loved the idea of me that You created me. Each moment You are at work, loving me into existence. Thank You, Father for accepting me as I am. (Here, I thank God for any special gifts I received this particular day e.g. the weather, a good book, a holy desire, a good joke, the ability to hear His voice and/or see Him working … etc.)
  2. PETITIONFather, You know me better than I know myself. Please help me be aware of how You worked in and around me to­day. I wish to respond to Your call for me, with obedience and love. However, for me to follow Your will, I first need to know it. Please help me listen and hear the voice of Your Spirit in me that I may see how You see me.
  3. REFLECTIONIn this section you ask yourself some questions as you go through the previous few hours since your last examen. You think of the answers as you are guided by the Spirit.

    An example of these questions could be as follows:

    1. How am I feeling right now? Why?
    2. Is this leading me to God or away from God?
    3. How did God manifest His love for me in the last few hours? How did I respond? Was there anything lacking?
    4. What did I do to show my love for God?
  4. CONTRITIONFather, thank You for Your care and guidance in the last few hours. I am sorry for the ways in which I was not sensi­tive to Your Spirit in me. I love You, Lord, and You know where and how I need healing and forgiveness. I surrender myself to You completely (Here one is to be specific as well).
  5. TOGETHER LOOKING TO THE FUTUREFather with hope I look to the future. You accept me the way I am and You allow me to grow. You give me time and grace, opportunity and space. I place the time between now and my next examen in your hands. I ask you to make me more sensitive to Your Spirit in me. May my life between now and then be united to the life of Your Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus (Here one is to be specific as well: What is in the coming hours I want to discuss with the Lord, to lift up in prayer, … etc.).

“As I go forward with You, Lord,
please strengthen the quiet voice of my conscience,
Your own voice, in my life.
Look at me as You looked at Peter.
Let Your gaze penetrate my heart
and indicate the direction my life must take…
Grant me, ever anew, the grace of conversion.”

Adapted from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Way of the Cross, 2005

Musical Meditation: Rejoice in His Love

By the Carmelite Sisters, from the Lean Into the Wind Album

Rejoice in His Love

by Carmelite Sisters | Lean Into the Wind

Rejoice in His Love

Refrain:  Rejoice in His love for you
look to the future with hope,
He accepts you as you are
He allows you to grow,
He gives you time and space,
opportunity and grace
say yes to Him.

Rejoice in His love for you
He knows that you need forgiveness
May you recognize and embrace
the unexpected ways
He chooses to renew your life
Rejoice in His love for you.

Receive the grace of His love
Know the depth of His love for you
He gives you time and space,
opportunity and grace
say yes to Him.  Refrain. (x2)