Practicing the Examen with Children

Kimberlee Conway Ireton writes about her family’s practice of praying the examen together:

Our nightly practice of the examen around our dinner table helps Doug and me to recognize the gifts in our lives and to be more aware of God’s presence with us. It also helps our kids reflect on their lives, to be grateful, and to notice what they like and don’t like, which helps them discover who they are.

The examen also creates a rich tradition for our family of listening and being heard, which is, I hope, helping all of us learn how to hear and speak not just to one another but to God as well.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I shared the examen with kids to my friends and church pastors. I always find your site worth sharing. People are thirsty for good websites…
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  2. I taught at a Jesuit Nativity School and after many of our activities at the summer camp, the camp director would ask for highlights and lowlights in the manner that Conway Ireton describes. Interesting parallel.

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