The Examen

Tonight I returned home after a retreat away from my family for a few days. As I picked up my boys from school, I tried my best to put my full attention on each of them. It was easy because I had missed them. But after many traditional work days, my attention can be fragmented. Even on my best days, I notice myself not paying full attention to their very creative stories and sometimes, through words and actions, I can fail to remind them just how loved they are. As they drifted off to sleep tonight, I started to think about how the Ignatian Examen is such a great way to process when I did and did not show up for my children. A series of questions flooded my mind, and I wanted to share them here as a resource for any parent who would like to reflect at the end of the day with the Lord on their relationship with their children. Enjoy!

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