More than 400 years ago St. Ignatius encouraged the practice of prayerfully paying attention by proposing what has been called the Daily Examen. The Examen is a movement through prayerful reflection on the events of the day, in such a way to notice God’s presence and to discern his good direction for us. This version of St. Ignatius’s prayer has been designed for families to participate together. We have found it most helpful to keep the time short, especially for younger children. The close of a meal-time or with a warm drink before bed are good opportunities to share this practice as a family. Practiced over time, the Examen creates a helpful pattern of noticing God in ourselves as individuals, and among us together that nurtures prayerful attention in us all.
Prayer of examen for families