From a Creighton Student's Perspective
February 3, 2011
Freshman, Business Management Ethics Major,
If I told you that it is absolutely vital for us to actually think of ourselves before thinking of others—and even God—you would probably think I was crazy, pretentious, and egotistic. But think about it again: it makes total sense to practice this notion, for the act of deeply knowing our own selves—along with our values, morals, and desires—allows us to, in turn, make the strongest and most valuable relationships with others. We have to be fully aware of when we are in direct contact with God’s love, as well as when we struggle most in hearing his call.
St. Ignatius called this act of self-awareness the Examen; it is practiced rigorously within the Society of Jesus and those who follow Ignatian spirituality. The Examen is a vital act for each and every one of us, no matter who we are or what our calling is. Below is guided meditation that takes 5 minutes to complete; let us reflect on each statement and deeply search for that area in our lives. Let us find a relaxing place, stop all that we are doing, and just give five short, simple minutes to ourselves and let God move within us.
“Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.”
A time to recall my presence to Christ and to others.
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