Prodigal Kiwis series..

Part I

“One of the core practices I would include in a community rule or covenant is listening / discernment.

“Esther de Waal reminds us that “we are essentially rhythmic creatures and [our lives] need …rhythm and balance if [they are not to be drained of] the precious possibility of being or becoming our whole selves.” “Unless we take this [need] seriously” she says, “we are going to reduce the amount of ourselves that is actually there and available to us” (from Seeking God, p. 93).

Part II

“The Examen, above all other practices of discernment, enables us to acquire the important habit of reflecting on our lives; reflecting on our contexts in the company of God and learning how to read the maps of self and place. This is to grow in discernment – to grow in our ability to see and experience God in our consciousness and unconsciousness. It is to grow in our ability to recognise and hear the “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). Finally we could say, with Ignatius, that doing the Examen is a response of love and a willingness “to strive to move my heart toward what [is] pleasing to God.”

“So, ultimately, the Examen is about nourishing the courage to love and enabling me to surrender ever more fully and transformatively to love (1 John 4:16).

Part III

“Now, as promised, an example of an Examen of Consciousness (see Andrew Walker’s essay from yesterday / part 1 of this series of three posts, here) for why we should understand this as an examination of “consciousness” rather than “conscience”). The primary source of what follows is the little booklet Reflective Practice for Spiritual Directors by Anne Long.

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