A Morning and Evening Examen

I have used the following morning and evening examinations of conscience with great spiritual fruit for a number of years.  I thought that I would type them up and make them generally available!

*Please make note that you can subscribe to this blog by pressing a “subscribe” button at the lower right hand corner of your screen.  Click on “Leave a reply” and then scroll down.  That is where you should find the “subscribe” button. This should send you an email of all my future posts.


EXAMEN your day:

  1.  Was I selfish?
  2. Was I dishonest?
  3. Was I full of resentment?
  4. Was I full of fear?
  5. Am I guilty of any other deadly sins, such as anger, lust, greed, jealousy, gluttony or sloth?
  6. Do I owe someone an apology?
  7. Have I kept something from someone that should be discussed?
  8. Was I kind and loving toward all?
  9. Did I think of helping others?

BEWARE of self-pity, morbid reflection, remorse and worry.  You cannot afford it.  It will only set you up to both feel and act even worse.

PRAY:  Once we identify these faults, we humbly ask God to remove them.  Here is a good prayer:  “But who can detect his own failings?  Wash away my hidden faults.  And from pride [or name whatever sin] preserve your servant, never let it by my master.  So shall I be above reproach, free from grave sin.  May the words of my mouth always find favor, and the whispering of my heart, in your presence, Yahweh, my rock, my redeemer.”  (Psalm 19:12-14)

AFTER MAKING THIS REVIEW, ask God’s forgiveness and inquire into what corrective measures should be taken.



  1. Ask God to free you from self-seeking, dishonest motives or those that stem from fear, resentment and self-pity.  Ask for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Pull out your day-planner and discuss the day with God.  It is one of the best prayers you can do.
  3. We no longer decide our fate – we relax, take it easy, and wait for an intuition or inspiration to fill us.
  4. We ask that God continue to show us through the day what the next step should be and the will and the means to carry that out.  We ask especially that God free us from self-will.

I must decide that I will cease fighting anything and anyone – including God and myself.  This combat only drains me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and decreases my usefulness to others.  All that I have is a daily reprieve contingent upon the maintenance of my spiritual condition.

Based on monastic spiritual principles and the Big Book of AA.


1 Comment

Filed under Spirituality

One response to “A Morning and Evening Examen

  1. Amen Brother! Good solid stuff. Your a natural blogger…Sure enjoyed
    getting to know ya’ll here in the Great White North.
    May Jesus fill you with every breath. John C.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s