One of the centerpieces of Ignatian spirituality is the practice of the Daily Examen, a brief prayer exercise to help busy people recognize the presence and movement of God in their daily lives. Many wonderful books have been written to help adults practice this powerful prayer, with A Simple Life-Changing Prayer and Reimagining the Ignatian Examen being among the best.
Previously, I have blogged about teaching young children how to practice the Examen. Now, thankfully, there is a new resource that can help catechists and parents teach young children to pray the Examen. It’s called The Examen Book: Exploring Every Day with God, with simple, thoughtful rhymes by Paul Mitchell and beautiful illustrations by his sister, Katie Broussard. Be sure to check out the book’s accompanying activities, which include a video version of the Examen, printable activities, and an online Examen Scramble.
It’s never too early to begin teaching children how to find God in all things!