About the Prayer–“The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.”
Please Note: There are varieties of the Daily Examen or Examen of Consciousnesses. This blog is a minestrone of sorts of Daily Examen prayers prayed and reflected with. You can find others here and here.
About the title: “A Profound Bow”–Years ago when I first began assisting at Mass as an altar server–an Acolyte, I asked what to do if I forget what comes next (which I suspected would happen). More than one person answered in the same way. They said, “When you don’t remember what to do, simply make a profound bow toward the altar. When you remember, lift back up, and carry on.”
The Daily Examen has helped me to make a profound bow toward God. I hope it helps you.
The Daily Examen is a great prayer for the end of your day. Many people pray this at lunch time, in the morning, or any time that suits you as well. It can last 15 minutes, or much longer. Bring your honest reactions to God. God can handle it.
May your profound bow be deep.
The author of this blog -Jamie D. Medeiros- is rooted in the Catholic tradition, guided by Ignatian Spirituality, and is a certified Spiritual Director. She is also an artist. Currently she is on a retreat team offering The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in Rhode Island.