Examen – Week 5
A guided examination of consciousness related to anger
Spend a few moments in silence…
Become aware of God’s presence…
Think back over the day:
- What did you work on today?
- What were your primary emotions today?
- When were you anxious today?
- When did you feel fear or tension or frustration in your spirit today?
Think about the people you encountered and your interactions with them:
- Did you harbour any resentment, grudges and hatred in your thoughts towards people?
- Did you lose your temper with anybody so that you need to ask their forgiveness?
- Are any particular people getting on your nerves?
- Are you getting easily frustrated with people?
- Are you impatient with events, sufferings or sickness?
Spend a few moments engaging with God:
- Ask him to bring to mind anyone that we may have hurt by our words or actions.
- Ask God to reveal why you may be frustrated or angry with somebody?
- Ask God to give you the courage to ask for forgiveness if appropriate.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Fools give vent to their rage but the wise bring calm in the end.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Offer a prayer of confession:
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Give thanks that despite our sin and failings we have a saviour, Jesus, who we are united to by faith so that his life becomes our life, and so we are fully accepted by God.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord’. 1 Corinthians 1.30-31
End your time of reflection by offering thanksgiving for all that God brings to mind.