Free & Fit Lenten Study - Week Four - Walk, Jog or Run as you Exercise, Examen & Educate your Mind

Free & Fit Lenten Study - Week Four - Walk, Jog or Run as you Exercise, Examen & Educate your Mind - by Tim Cheux

Jesus Saying for the Week:


“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud [agonized] voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?””


‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:46‬ ‭AMP‬


Collect for the Week:


Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever in Jesus name. Amen


Source: BCP 1982


Invitation to Examine


• Relish the moments that went well and all of the gifts I have today.

• Request the Spirit to lead me through my review of the day.

• Review the day.

• Repent of any mistakes or failures.

• Resolve, in concrete ways, to live tomorrow well.


Example of Examen


Specifically, How Do You Do the Examen?

Ignatius provides a simple five-step routine for our daily Examen:


1. Give thanksgiving.

I begin by giving God thanks for all the things I’m grateful for today. I allow my mind to wander as I reflect on the ways God has blessed me on this particular day. I allow big things and small things to arise—everything from the gift of my faith, to the gift of my marriage, to the easy commute to work today.


2. Ask for the Spirit.

Next, I want to look at the moments in my day when I did not act so well. However, before doing so, I ask God to fill me with his Spirit so that the Spirit can lead me through this difficult soul-searching. Otherwise, I’m liable to hide in denial, wallow in self-pity, or seethe in self-loathing.


3. Review and recognize failures.