The Examen: Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
This week's reflection on the Examen Prayer is based on an article by Jim Manney of Our Sunday Visitor entitled 'The Examen — the prayer that changes everything St. Ignatius’ Examen teaches us to see God in what we think, do and feel every day' and is available to read in full HERE.
John and Lorraine discuss the importance of cultivating an attitude of gratitude and how the Examen prayer of St. Ignatius Loyala can help us to be thankful for everything that God does for us, because everything we have is a gift from God. The Examen is a beautiful way of slowing down and taking the time each day to discern the ways in which God blesses us throughout the day, to identify and give thanks for what went well in our day and to identify and express sorrow for what went wrong while asking God to help us do better the following day. Lorraine brings us through Jim Manney's version of the Examen and gives an example of how this prayer might be prayed.
You can listen to the full programme podcast HERE.
You can listen to Lorraine and John's discussion on the Examen excerpted HERE
Gospel for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Mark 7:31-37
Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’Reflections on this week's gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 3
Saints of the week
10th September - St. Peter Claver
11th September - Bl. Dominic Dillon
12th September - The Most Holy Name of Mary
13th September - St. John Chyrsostom
14th September - The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
15th September - Our Lady of Sorrows