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Examen – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

EXAMEN: Reflection in God's presence on one's state of soul that has some reference to a specific adopted standard of conduct (i.e. Rule of Life or commitments etc.)

This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here.


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Daniel Burke’s Navigating the Interior Life will give you the tools you need to understand how and why we grow and die in the spiritual life and what we can do about it.

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Ralph Martin, PhD, president, Renewal Ministries
and author of ‘The Fulfillment of All Desire'
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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • LizEst

    Done every night, it’s of great assistance when it comes time for celebrating the sacrament of penance. Thank you, Dan.

  • This needs to be done at the beginning of the day and at the close of the day and deeply before facing Jesus in His Tribunal of Mercy with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Intercession of our Holy Immaculate Mother

    • LizEst

      Yes, one does get different perspectives at different times of the day. I’ve also heard that one should do it at the best time that suits them. Some people have better recall of the events of the day than at others. It ought to be done at least daily, nevertheless.

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