Welcome to the Saturday Examen.
There are so many ways of praying. Often people don’t realise that something they do is already connecting them with God. Walking in nature is an example as we enjoy God’s work of art; enjoying the company of others too. God delighting in the company of friends. One of the many ways of praying – of connecting with God – is thinking about an aspect of faith or ‘doing theology’. We don’t have to be academics to do this.
Saturday is the Feast Day of St Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of theologians. He connected with God through the faculty of thinking. Here’s an examen based on doing theology as a way of connecting with God.
What was the last time you read something to do with your faith that you enjoyed? What was it that you enjoyed? Call that to mind – and enjoy it again . . .
Is there a particular religious idea or teaching that you find exciting? What is it? Articulate it to yourself and to the God who sees your excitement . . .
If you had the chance to give just one sermon, what would be your core message in it? Imagine yourself communicating that idea to your hearers . . .
Ask God for opportunities to witness to that life-giving truth, through your words or how you live . . .
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.