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A Simple Life-Changing Prayer

Posted on 30 September 2011 Gavin Glenn

In this small book, Jim Manney (an editor with Loyola Press) introduces Christians to a 500-year-old form of prayer that dramatically altered the way he prays and the way he ‘sees’ life.


The prayer is the examen. It was developed by St. Ignatius Loyola for the purpose of nurturing a reflective habit of mind which is constantly attuned to God’s presence. The examen seeks to lead us into a relationship with a God who desires to be personally caught up in the lives of those whom he created.


The examen follows five simple steps – Praying for Light, Giving Thanks, Reviewing the Day, Facing what’s wrong and Doing something – but not just anything. St. Ignatius worded the fifth point of the examen very carefully. ‘The fifth point will be to resolve to amend with the grace of God’. It is simply saying that we are ready to make changes and that we are ready to have God do this.


Jim Manney sums up the examen this way “It’s about the stuff we do every day; it connects us to God; it helps us walk with Christ in our daily rounds”

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