Praying the Daily Examen

I have had numerous discussions recently about finding time for daily prayer and reflection.  People have been interested in how I keep the Jesuit Daily Examen on my calendar, so I am sharing it here along with suggested times.  The Examen is one of the most effective (and easiest) ways I know to have scheduled reflection and prayer throughout the day.  Save it as an ongoing and daily occurrence on your calendar and try following it faithfully (3-5 minutes for each one)…it will make a real difference in your life!

Daily Examen for Busy Business People

1.    Thanksgiving                   6:45 am

Begin by relaxing into God’s presence in an attitude of thankfulness.  Find one thing to be thankful for-even if you are having a tough time.  Allow gratitude to take hold of you.

2.    Pray for Insight               10:15 am

Pray to the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you need at this time.  Consciously open yourself to God’s light.

3.    Finding God in All Things           1:15 pm

This is the heart of the prayer where you examine very concretely the events of the day.

  • What happened since this morning?
  • Who have you come in contact with?
  • What occupies your thoughts today?
  • How are you being drawn to God in your life today?  Now?
  • Where is God calling you specifically this day?
  • Is it time to make a tough decision that will affect the lives of many people?
  • Should I simply bask in gratefulness to God for my life, career in family?

This is not a time for searching for faults.  Rather it is a chance to take a step back and recognize that God is active in the entirety of the day.

4.    Petition                5:30 pm

Express to God your desires.  Again be specific and frame your prayer here in a petition:  “Dear Lord, at this time I ask….for strength to…for courage to….for the resolve to…to be thankful for…”

5.    Resolve for the Future               9:00 pm

Finally, look to the future.  “How shall I live the rest of the day?”  “What shall I do?

Finish with a prayer, for example, the Our Father.

 


Randy Hain, Senior Editor for The Integrated Catholic Life™, is the author of The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work which was released by Liguori Publications in November, 2011. The Catholic Briefcase is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online and your local Catholic bookstore. 

The Catholic Briefcase was recently voted the Best Catholic Book of 2011 in the About.com Catholicism Reader’s Choice Awards.


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By Randy Hain

Randy Hain

Mr. Randy Hain is President of Serviam Partners (www.serviampartners.com) and is a sought-after executive coach and leadership consultant for business leaders and companies all over the country. He actively serves on a number of non-profit boards in the Atlanta community, especially those connected to autism awareness, developing young leaders and integrating faith and work. He is the Senior Editor for the Integrated Catholic Life™, which he co-founded with Deacon Mike Bickerstaff in 2010.

Randy is a prolific writer and frequent presenter on a number of topics including faith, family, Catholic men’s issues, autism advocacy, fatherhood, faith/work integration, careers, authenticity, leadership and human capital.

Looking for a Catholic Speaker? Check out Randy’s speaker’s page and the rest of the ICL Speaker’s Bureau.

His first book, The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work, was released in late November, 2011 by Liguori Publications. The book provides practical advice on how to integrate the Catholic faith with our work and offers inspiration through the examples of real Catholics in the workplace. The Catholic Briefcase was voted the Best Catholic Book of 2011 in the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards.

His second book, Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith was released by Liguori Publications in November, 2012. Randy’s third book, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life, was released by Liguori in February, 2013. His fourth book, LANDED! Proven Job Search Strategies for Today’s Professional, from Serviam Press was released in December 2013.

His fifth book, Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men was released by Emmaus Road Publishing on May 12th, 2014. Randy’s sixth book, Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic was released by Servant Books in late November 2014.

His latest work is Special Children, Blessed Fathers: Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs (Foreword by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia) which was released through Emmaus Road Publishing. His books are available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and local Catholic bookstores.

A convert to the Catholic Faith in 2006, Randy and his wife have been married for over 20 years and have two sons.

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