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
A Fruitful Devotional Practice: “Lectio Divina”
Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of reading Scripture that intends to lead the reader into a participation with the text. It is slow, filled with intent, and rich for laying one’s being toward the presence of God. I feel this is a great way to start the day.
Step 1: Lectio (Read)
This step is the simple reading and listening to the word of God. This reading is done slowly, perhaps even two or three times over a passage. The goal is to Continue reading
Our world needs a rekindled sense of community. We sense it; we feel the isolation and our isolating habits and we groan for something more.
Vanier sensed this many years ago when he Continue reading