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Those of you who are struggling with daily prayer like me are invited to try the following. It is based on the Examen proffered by St Ignatius Loyola and adapted by Matthew Kelly in his book Dynamic Catholic.

  • Gratitude: Thank God for whatever you are most grateful today.
  • Awareness: Revisit times in the last 24 hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
  • Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced today and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event or person.
  • Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
  • Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be not the-best-version-of-yourself.
  • Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
  • Finish by paying the Our Father.

St Ignatius said that if Jesuits forget all their other prayers, they should always remember this one at the end of the day.