Msgr. Esseff reflects on how we are to daily discern the movement of Christ in us and the movement of the self, the world, and the activity of the enemy.
Become aware of the love with which God looks upon me as I begin this examen.
Note the gifts that God’s love has given you this day and give thanks to God for them.
Ask God for an insight and a strength that will make this examen a work of grace, fruitful beyond your human capacity alone.
With God, review the day. Look for the stirrings in your heart and the thoughts which God has given you this day.
Look also for those which have not been of God.
Review your choices in response to both, and throughout the day in general.
Ask for the healing touch of the forgiving God who, with love and respect for you, removes your heart’s burdens.
Look to the following day and, with God, plan concretely how to live it in accord with God’s loving desire for your life.
Aware of God’s presence with you, prayerfully conclude the examen
*The above text was adapted from a pdf online entitled “The Examen” found here
Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton. He was ordained on May 30, 1953, by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D. at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, PA. Msgr. Esseff served a retreat director and confessor to St. Mother Teresa. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the missionaries of charity around the world. Msgr. Esseff encountered St. Padre Pio, who would become a spiritual father to him. He has lived in areas around the world, serving in the Pontifical missions, a Catholic organization established by St. Pope John Paul II to bring the Good News to the world especially to the poor. Msgr. Esseff assisted the founders of the Institute for Priestly Formation and continues to serve as a spiritual director for the Institute. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters and seminarians and other religious leaders around the world.