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The Examen and Global Issues

The Examen and Global Issues

Bringing global issues into a daily prayer reflection.

In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius of Loyola urged that all be taught the Examen, a daily prayerful reflection on our responses to the events of the day. The purpose of this reflection was to see God’s presence and to discern God’s direction for us.

We each have a sense of God, or “higher power” or “greater mystery” and, with more or less effort, are able to notice God’s presence in our lives and the lives of others. Ignatius believed that the key to a healthy spirituality is to find God in all things and work constantly to cooperate with God’s will.

All of the topics you’ll encounter in Moyo are usually seen as “issues of global concern” more than they are “events that are part of our every day.” In truth, these challenging circumstances are part of someone’s day, somewhere around the world. If it registers as a “global” issue, it is part of tens or hundreds of thousands if not millions of people’s everyday lives. The causes and consequences of any of the issues presented here are all intricately linked across the globe and back to us in a thousand different ways. In a very real sense, global issues are “part of our every day,” after all.

For the sake of this particular practice, our responses to the encounters fall into two categories: our connections (what connects us with God, others, and ourselves) and our disconnections (what appears to disconnect us to God, others and ourselves). Ignatius believed that God would speak to us through these two feelings.

The Examen helps us:

  • acknowledge difficult or painful realities and hear how God is speaking to us through them.
  • overcome a pessimistic outlook by encouraging us notice the good inherent in every situation.
  • tell the truth about who we truly are and what we need in response to challenging issues, rather than pretending or simply responding the way “we think we should.”
  • become aware of seemingly insignificant or unrelated circumstances that ultimately can give inspiration and new direction to our lives.

The practice of The Examen takes about fifteen minutes, and involves three parts. Read about the steps of the Examen prayer reflection.