3 Fruitful Methods for Making a Daily Examination of Conscience

CPR Method

C = Claim your blessings. Reflect on the good things that happened to you today, and explicitly recognize God’s hand in them.

P = Pinpoint victories and losses that you had today. Celebrate and repent as needed.

R = Renew your loving commitment to Christ

End with an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and the sign of the cross.

The traditional five-step daily examen from Saint Ignatius of Loyola:

1) Become aware of God’s presence.

2) Review the day with gratitude.

3) Pay attention to your emotions.

4) Choose one feature from the day and pray from it.

5) Look toward tomorrow.

The Analytical Method:

Quiet your soul and enter in God’s Presence, asking Him for light to know yourself and to know Him.

Review the major areas of God’s will in your life, examining the level of your faithfulness to what God was asking of you. Trust that the Holy Spirit will draw your attention to what He wants you to reflect on.

Thank God for the good that, with His grace, you were able to accomplish, ask for His forgiveness for your shortcomings and sins.

Renew your commitment to follow Him even more closely tomorrow.

Whichever method you choose, this spiritual practice is supposed to help convert your heart and your life into further relationship with our Merciful Father in Heaven.

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