Hello, and welcome to my Examen Prayer Video Retreat. While it is always better to go to a retreat in person, right now the limits on public gathering make this impossible! I’ve put together some videos to guide you through this retreat. Before you get started, I recommend finding a nice and quiet place where you can pray, think, and relax for a couple of hours. In person, this retreat took about 3 hours, but on video it’s a little shorter: we can’t have questions, and we don’t need to put in break time!
Here is a recommended schedule for doing this retreat:
|Start||Watch video: Opening Prayer and Introduction (3 minutes)|
Reflection Question: What am I seeking today?
Length: 5-10 minutes
|0:05||Watch video: Prayer, Spirituality, and the Examen (18 minutes)|
|0:28||Watch video: Reflecting on what I seek (2 minutes)|
Reflection Question: How might the Examen help me find what I seek?
|0:35||Watch video: How to Pray the Examen (33 minutes)|
|1:15||Watch video: Let’s Pray the Examen! (4 minutes)|
Pray the Examen
|1:34||Watch video: Helpful things to know along the way (30 minutes)|
|2:04||Have a wonderful day!|
After watching this video, please reflect for 5 to 10 minutes on the question: What am I seeking today?
After watching this video, it would be a great opportunity to take a quick break.
After watching this video, please spend about 5 minutes reflecting on the question: How might what I have already learned today help me find what I seek?
Now is another great opportunity to take a break.
After watching this video, please pray the Examen. Remember to begin by lifting your thoughts and your heart to God. Then follow the steps:
- Gratitude – Look for the blessings God has bestowed upon you today
- Prayer – Ask God to shine his light on you as you ponder your day
- Review (or Examination) – Look for how we’ve reacted to God today in our thoughts, words, and actions
- Contrition – Ask God to forgive you for those times you’ve turned away from Him
- Resolution – Resolve to grow closer to God and think about how you might concretely do this
Finally, remember to end by praying an Our Father.
Thank you, and have a wonderful day!