My Examen Cheat Sheet – Ignatian Spirituality

I would like the ability that comes with information of issues past me. And but the one energy I’ll ever have is how I reply to the emotions inside me.

For all their centuries of scientific examine and educating in universities, the Jesuits emphasize the evaluation of a scenario just isn’t the be-all and finish-all of a scenario. More vital is recognizing proof of the presence of God, past us, larger than us, and infinite. In the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius doesn’t ask us solely to consider numerous readings however to acknowledge what’s stirring inside. That could be new concepts or utilizing our creativeness, however when these ideas stir one thing inside, we’re to sit down up and take discover. We are invited to call that feeling. Admit it for higher or worse. Then, we are able to have a dialog about our emotions with God. Are they invites or temptations? Are they of God or of the spirit not of God?

Being the analytical kind that I’m, I printed an inventory of feeling phrases from the Internet. (There are a number of of them on the market.) I preserve it behind my journal to make use of in the course of the Examen as a cheat sheet of kinds. Sometimes I’ll take a look at it, and the fitting feeling phrase will bounce out at me. Sometimes the phrase stirs the place I felt it in the course of the day, though I might need missed it on the time. Naming the sensation strikes me from analyzing a scenario and making an attempt to manage or resolve it, to figuring out how I’m letting the scenario have an effect on me and the place God is asking me to be in it.

My cheat sheet permits me to see patterns in my feelings (Yep, I’m feeling insignificant once more; what’s that each one about?), and that turns into the launching level for my prayer. I think about the sensation as an enormous blob of one thing that I can stroll round and take a look at and sit with, after which I hearken to what Infinite Love says about it. I don’t should stamp it out or keep away from it or embrace it or react in any respect. I simply have to call it and see it and discern if my feeling is transferring me towards or away from the individual God wants me to be.

Right now, my cheat sheet suggests I’m very content material. What would yours say?

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Lisa Kelly is a spouse, mom, and Ignatian Associate dwelling in Omaha, Nebraska. She works to assist organizations combine spirituality into their planning and programs. She and her husband, Tom, accomplished the nineteenth Annotation in 2005, simply previous to spending two years dwelling within the Dominican Republic with their three younger youngsters, supporting the work of the Jesuit Institute for Latin American Concern. Additionally they’ve lived in El Salvador and Bolivia for prolonged intervals.

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