The Daily Examen is a method of prayer encouraged by St. Ignatius of Loyola among others. It is an invitation to bring our hearts and our minds more fully and consciously into the Divine Presence. It is similar to an “examination of conscience” but is more holistic; some have even described it as an “examination of consciousness.” The Examen is meant to be a daily practice, although St. Ignatius even recommended praying it twice a day (at noon and before going to sleep). It’s a useful bed-time devotional that pairs well with the monastic practice of Compline (Night Prayer).
Carl McColman is a contemplative writer, teacher, soul friend, and storyteller. His books include The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Unteachable Lessons, and Befriending Silence. He is a progressive Christian who profoundly appreciates interspiritual exploration. Carl maintains a blog on his website, www.carlmccolman.com. He is also the co-host of the Encountering Silence podcast (www.encounteringsilence.com). Carl first received instruction in contemplative spirituality at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and later became a life-professed Lay Cistercian (a layperson under the spiritual guidance of Trappist monks) and is a commissioned Centering Prayer instructor.
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