“Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others”. (Pope Francis)
Have you felt it?
I’ve seen a parallel occurrence: the ratio between the time I spend with a screen and the sensation of flattened spiritual vitality are about the same.
What causes this?
Have you seen it too?
A Fruitful Devotional Practice: “Examen”
“Examen” (ex ‘ah men) is an ancient practice of examination of oneself in the light of Christ. The idea is to attentively draw close to Christ, the Light of Life, who will in a singular moment illumine his great love for us and illumine the darknesses of our hearts which have failed to notice his love and his calling.
The practice is a formative and comforting practice and fits well in the liturgical prayer rhythm of compline or late-evening prayer, which is where forms of such have been practiced for many, many years.
The prayer of examen can flow smoothly in this rhythm: Continue reading