UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH – As the 2016 election approaches, the Ignatian Solidarity Network is encouraging people of faith to pause and reflect upon what it means to be a faithful citizen. They have developed an Ignatian Examen for Civic Life, a non-partisan prayer resource that invites users to engage in conversation with God about the interrelationship between Christian values and political engagement.
The Daily Examen, an ancient practice in the Catholic faith tradition, is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern a direction forward. The Examen has been used as a method of prayer by Jesuits since Saint Ignatius of Loyola founded the order in 1540. Today, Jesuits as well as lay collaborators, and many other Christians, practice the prayer exercise daily.
“The choices we will make this November for our nation, states, and local communities have tremendous impacts — on our own lives and lives of others, including the most vulnerable,” said Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.
Kerr noted the intentional use of the phrase “Civic Life” to describe the Examen, to emphasize that being a faithful citizen does not stop at the voting booth. “We are hopeful that faith communities will use the Examen as a guide for continued engagement as active citizens seeking dialogue with our elected officials, regardless of whether they were our choice in the voting booth.”
Learn more about the Ignatian Examen for Civic Life, and find ordering information here.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is a national social justice networking, education and advocacy organization animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led 501(c)3 organization working in partnership with over 80 Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes, along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners.