|This screen capture shows the home page of "Longing for the Lord: an Advent Examen," a new interactive prayer website created by the Jesuits of the Missouri Province.|
This Advent, the Jesuits of the Missouri Province have created a new interactive website, "Longing for the Lord: an Advent Examen." This simple guide to prayer links the Ignatian Examen with another Church tradition, the O Antiphons from the Liturgy of the Hours.
Joseph Tetlow, S.J., is an expert on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and author of Choosing Christ in the World, a guide to giving the Exercises. His experience teaching the Ignatian Examen offers a simple yet flexible method of learning how to pray. He suggests that each of worshippers spend time thinking about how Jesus Christ is the pattern on which the Holy Spirit shapes them.
"I want to deepen my appreciation of the qualities, characteristics, virtues, habits, gestures that Jesus used," he says in a podcast that provides the theme of the site. "So the underlying question we ask this Advent is: 'Who is Jesus of Nazareth for me today, right now?'"
Parishioners from the two Jesuit parishes in St. Louis-St. Matthew the Apostle and St. Francis Xavier College Church-helped develop material on the web site and offer their own reflections on their prayer. The site is also interactive; anyone who is praying along with the Advent Examen can post comments so that others can see how the Spirit is moving others.
The web site provides a few simple aids to prayer during the initial weeks of Advent. Users can follow either the basic Ignatian Examen or an expanded version with a prayer for each day based on the O Antiphons. When the Church starts praying the O Antiphons on Dec. 17, the site will offer prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours to invite people to join in this universal prayer.
Longing for the Lord is online at http://www.jesuitsmissouri.org/examen.