Sunday, May 27, 2018

Not everything is bad news in public discourse


For the record, there are good things happening. (Photo via iStock) 
The examination of conscience is a useful exercise, that short period of reflection and prayer when we ask God to reveal to us the lights and shadows, graces and sins in our lives. The prayer was a favorite of St. Ignatius Loyola, so much so that he is reputed to have said that even if a Jesuit misses every other prayer obligation on a given day, he should never skip the examination. I wish I could say I have never missed it, mainly because I find the examination, or Examen, as Ignatius called his version, incredibly valuable. This column, in fact, is one of its fruits.

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