Today is the memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He is the founder of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. One of his most important contributions to the Church were his “Spiritual Exercises” with the Daily Examen. I heard somewhere (I don’t know if it is true) that he said that if you had time for only one prayer in the day, this should be the one you do. This is a great prayer because it gets you noticing little details and paying attention to your life, which is good for everyone, but writers especially. It is very personal and effective in building up your faith in God’s presence and action in your life and can help you make better decisions. Here are a couple of links to some information on the Examen, which is a great way to end your day (or if you have a schedule like mine, maybe to begin your day).
In honor of St. Ignatius, then, let us pray an examen today, taking the time to look for God in our lives. Even if you are a challenged and “substandard” pray-er like myself, this is not a hard one to incorporate into your life and has a big payoff. Try it!
St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.