“Your forgiveness gives me back my humanity.”
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The figure calling to me all those years was, I believe, what Thomas Merton calls “true self.” This is not the ego self that wants to inflate us (or deflate us, another from of self-distortion), not the intellectual self that wants to hover above the mess of life in clear but ungrounded ideas, not the ethical self that wants to live by some abstract moral code. It is the self-planted in us by the God who made us in God’s own image– the self that wants nothing more, or less, than for us to be who we were created to be.
True self is a true friend. One ignores or rejects such friendship only at one’s peril.
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Developed by Ignatius of Loyola, the big idea of Prayer of Examen is this:
Take some time to think about your day. Then talk to God about it.
How often have you felt guilty because you don’t know what to pray about? Crazy, but normal. Examen is so obvious it hurts. Remember your day then tell God about your day. As you do, you’ll see:
Ways God has blessed you.
Ways he seems to have failed you.
Things you don’t understand.
Things you want more of.
Thing you regret.
Things you didn’t realize were there.
Then you talk to God about it.
- Become aware of God’s presence.
- Review the day with gratitude.
- Pay attention to your emotions.
- Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
- Look toward tomorrow.
Here’s a cheesy catholic PSA to help.