Lent Retreat: 2018

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 Suggestions for Group Leaders

Weekly Meetings

Meeting Five: Fourth Week of Lent

We give suggestions for each week’s group meeting, but it is up to you to organise how you feel best.
Feel free to move things around, omit or add things; you must feel comfortable with your meeting. Begin with tea and biscuits while people gather and are welcomed.
You might like to set the scene with a centrepiece, maybe a candle and cloth of Lenten colours.

Outline of Meeting

We suggest beginning with tea and biscuits while people gather and are welcomed.

1.  Opening Prayer
– Take a couple of minutes of quiet prayer to ask God to be with you during the meeting.  Pray that God might speak to the heart of each person in the group.

2. Sharing - Ask each individual to go over their prayer times this week; give them a moment to consult their journal.
You might ask them:

3. Examen

It will be good to explain the stages of this prayer before doing it. Take a Break:  As this is a particularly personal prayer, you may feel it best not to share after it. 
However, it might seem OK to ask how people feel now. 

4. Looking Forward – Make sure the time and venue etc. of the next meeting is clear.

5. Thank everyone for coming.


 Leader's Notes: Examen

'Examen' is merely the Spanish word for examine, but it is used for a daily review of life which was popularised by the Spaniard, Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. You can find a version of it as the meditation on day-19.

The presumption behind the examen is that God wants us to live life to the full.
He desires that we choose those things that bring us life and joy.
Of course, as St Francis of Assisi reminds us, it is in giving that we receive.  We are most joyful when we are serving God and others.
We are most at peace when we have a good conscience.

This prayer encourages us to become aware of the link between our feelings and our actions.

We look over the actions of the day and see which brought us joy and consolation, which left us empty and desolate.

We can then seek to repeat the good and reject the bad - we seek to move to joy and consolation.

Videos:

If you wish there are a number of videos on the Examen which you could have the group do instead of you leading them yourself.
St Beuno's Examen - (UK) 
The Daily Examen Prayer (USA)

Ignatian Spirituality-The Examen (RSA)