You may be familiar with the Examen which is a prayer practice that helps us reflect on our day and the ways in which God was present to us. The technique was created by St. Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises and continues to be an important of the Jesuit order and Christians everywhere.
This weekend I came across the Ecological Examen which was created by the Jesuit order to help us reflect on our call to “care for creation and to reconcile our relationship with God, creation and one another.” It starts by asking us to give thanks for creation and for the ways we experience God in creation. It then transitions to help us consider our relationship with nature and where we need conversion. Finally, we ask for God’s grace for this reconciliation and we pray for our earth and the most vulnerable among us.
You can find it here: http://www.ecologicalexamen.org/?utm
This can be a lot to reflect on and despite reflecting on care of creation frequently, I still find it difficult to put my finger on my relationship with nature and where I need conversion. But I think that’s exactly the point of completing the ecological examen – we need to build up our awareness of our relationship with creation and how we can live in right relationship with it.
I hope to incorporate the ecological examen into my own prayer life and encourage you to consider how you can as well!