During Lent we published six audio-visual guided Examens that introduce the Ignatian Examen prayer. These were very popular, and they now have a permanent home here on this site. There’s a whole page on the Examen on IgnatianSpirituality.com. For even more, read my book, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer.If you’re interested in prayer, browse the resources on the page The What-How-Why of Prayer. Start with William Barry’s article, “Why do We Pray?”
We pray, then, at our deepest level, because we are drawn by the bonds of love. We pray because we love, and not just for utilitarian purposes. If prayer has beneficial effects—and I believe that it does—that is because prayer corresponds to our deepest reality. When we are in tune with God, we cannot help but experience deep well-being.