The Examen at Tax Time

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.

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Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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