The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day.  Its purpose for the pray-er is to detect God's presence and recognize his direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that helps us see God's hand at work in our life experiences.

This prayer technique is adapted from Ignatius Loyola.  St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted it to be shared as widely as possible.  One of the few rules of prayer that Ignatius made for the Jesuit order was the requirement that Jesuits practice the Examen twice daily - at noon and at the end of the day.  It's a habit that Jesuits and many other Christians practice to this day.

Below is a link to one of the variations of The Daily Examen.  It is an exercise that can be done as an individual or as a family.  It is a wonderful way to calm oneself down from a busy and hectic day.  Enjoy!

The Daily Examen