I’ve long maintained that anyone can pray the daily examen at any time–even at awkward, stressful times, like sitting in traffic jam or standing in a long checkout line at the grocery store. Now comes Richard Kaufmann to prove my point. He did the examen while doing his taxes:
Using the examen prayer as a template for thinking about taxes gave me a different perspective on that dreaded task and deadline. I had to think about where God was in my life last year–or, better still, where I was in relation to God. As with the examen prayer, I thought too about the rest of this year. I wondered what experiences will enter my reflections next year.