Thanksgiving Examen

I’ve shared before different versions of a daily Examen.

Louis Savary’s The New Spiritual Exercises in the Spirit of Pierre Teillhard de Chardin includes a Thanksgiving Examen.  The Examen, which is meant to be done at the end of each day (though it can be done more frequently) has five steps.  Here is how Savary lays them out:

1.  To give thanks in general to God our Lord for the benefits received in your life, in others, and in the world today.

2.  To ask for grace to recognize all those particular things that happened to you and others that you should personally be grateful for.

3.  To take account of your day from the hour that you arose up to the present time, hour by hour, or period by period: first your good thoughts, ideas, and intentions; then your good words spoken and heard; and then good acts, your actions and those of others, small or large, that positively touched your life or the life of someone else.  Record these in your journal.

4.  To praise and thank Go our Lord for all the opportunities you had to make a difference in the world today and to inspire you to recognize more and more such opportunities in the future.

5.  To thank God for all God has done for you, and to ask yourself: What can I envision doing that would lead me to be even more deeply grateful?  Close with an Our Father.

Whether or not your daily prayer currently includes an Examen, you might consider giving this one a try.

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