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The Daily Examen

This past Sunday morning, I mentioned the helpful practice of frequently examining our lives in light of Luke's gospel account of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. In a shocking reversal of common expectations, Jesus indicated the proud Pharisee whose prayer was mainly concerned with establishing his own self-righteousness was not the one who received justification from God. Rather, it was lowly tax collector, who would not even raise his eyes toward heaven due to his intense feelings of remorse and sorrow over his sin, that went home justified before God.

While the Pharisee thanked God that he was not like other men - sinners and tax collectors - the Tax Collector simply asked for God's mercy. We are wise to do the same.

St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged followers of Christ to engage in the daily practice self-examination in the light of God's grace and mercy. The following guided prayer may serve as a helpful way for you to practice this spiritual discipline. I pray the Lord will bless you with the fruit of His presence as you do.


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