Jason Brauninger, SJ, is a nurse who works in the Trauma Center at a Denver hospital. It’s a place where you hear announcements like “Pediatric Code Blue. Emergency Room. Five minutes by ground” — “probably the worst words that can come across the overhead paging system,” he says.
The Trauma Center tests the Ignatian axiom that God can be found in all things. Brauninger writes that praying the Examen is an especially helpful prayer for him at work:
It is sometimes very difficult for us to find the presence of God in our lives. He will show up in places where we expect him to be, but he will also be “disguised.” For me, I tend to find Christ the easiest in the sick and the injured; in the suffering Christ. It is in the everyday things, like life in the community, completing my studies, or a visit with my family where I can be blind to the presence of Christ.