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Prayer of Examen

Reflecting on the Year Past and Every Day New Years Day is traditionally a time for making resolutions, but more broadly for taking stock, reflecting on the year gone by, and reflecting on hoped-for changes for the year to come. Prayer of Examen, a prayer practice which comes to us from St. Ignatius of Loyola,…

Saying Yes and Saying No

“Christian asceticism is not spiritual boot camp, but neither is it effortless.  Learning when and how, to what, and to whom to give our yes or our no is a life long project.”        M. Shawn Copeland Tough decisions and persistent effort are required of those who seek lives that are whole and holy. If we…

The Examen

In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius of Loyola urged that all be taught “the examen”, a daily prayerful examination of our deepest feelings and desires. He believed that God would speak to us through these feelings and desires.  Learn more about the examen here.