Written on: June 28, 2016
The Examen is a practice of taking time away from “activity” in our day to “see” with God’s Spirit. Another way of thinking of this is “joining with God to see the qualities of our heart.” In the past, it was a Daily Examination of Conscience to be practiced at the end of the day. This regular and frequent “reorienting with God’s Spirit” is appropriate for any period of our day (as little as 15 minutes.)
“Do my actions in this short span of time flow from the Spirit’s presence and reflect the peace, patience, love and joy that God enlivens within me?”
Taking the time each day to pause, and reflect, in the warmth of God’s loving gaze keeps us centered in that love. Choosing a time during the day for this practice, can help us to re-orient ourselves so that minor adjustments can be made to the ways we are “re-acting” instead of “responding” to life around us.
Sister Rosemary Cauley, GNSH (affectionately known as “Rosie”) lives, prays, and Examen’s at Holy Redeemer Lafayette. We are grateful to her for sharing her wisdom about prayer with us. (Sister Rosie died in January, 2017. We hope she is praying for us from her heavenly home).