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Life, Love and Laughter: The Spirituality of the Consciousness Examen [Paperback]

By Jim Vlaun (Author) & Francis X. Gaeta (Foreword by)
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Life, Love and Laughter: The Spirituality of the Consciousness Examen by Jim Vlaun

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Studio: Catholic Book Publishing Company
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 4.88" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
Publisher   Resurrection Press
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  1878718436  
ISBN13  9781878718433  

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Life, Love, and Laughter  Oct 13, 2004
Life, Love, and Laughter shows the five steps of the "Consciousness Examen." The book also describes how Fr. Jim's life has changed from learning the five steps. When Fr. Jim was in seminarian school he started to lose faith and feel like he was drifting further away from God. Soon after he was sent to a monestary to become closer with Jesus.
The first step-"A prayer for enlightenment" shows Jesus enlightening others by healing sinners, raising the dead, and eating with others. The second step is "Reflective thanksgiving" which shows thanksgiving for the cross and the resurrection. The third step is "Survey of actions" where Jesus heals others, reconciles, and loves others. "Contrition and Sorrow" is the fourth step in which Fr. Jim is forgiven for sins he had commited in the past and learns to love others. The final step "Resolution for the future" describes how to stay close with God and never give up.
Life, Love and Laughter  Oct 4, 2004
Life, Love and Laughter is about how to save your spiritual and prayer life in five steps called the Consciousness Examen. The Consciousness Examen was written by St. Ignatius, but Fr. Jim does a great job in interpreting it for us.
The first step is called Prayer for Enlightenment. In this step we ask God for knowledge and spiritual insight. Fr. Jim said enlightenment also comes through life experience.
The second part of the Examen is called Reflective Thanksgiving, and tells us how to be thankful for what we have. Fr. Jim tells us that we can show gratitude by sharing our gifts with others, sharing meals with others, and spending times with others.
The third step, Survey of Actions, tells us how to examin our conscience and reflect upon it.
The fourth step, is Contrition for Sorrow. This step talks about how to make up for your sins.
The last step, Resolution for the Future, is about how to make a promise to try not to sin.

I thought this was a really good book. I found it really helpful in getting in touch with God. This book taught me how to live a great spiritual and prayer life. I think it would really help those who are losing faith and losing touch with God. I found it really meaningful, inspiring, and a great spiritual experience.
Life Love and Laughter   Oct 1, 2004
In Life Love and Laughter, Father Jim Vlaun explauns the Consciousness Examen. It started when Father Jim was at a seminary and thought God was absent from his life. Then Father Jim went to a monestary retreat. This retreat would change his life. At the monestary retreat Father Jim recieves an index card from a monk. On the card it has five things listed. On the card was A prayer for enlightment, Reflective thanksgiving, survey of actions, contrition and sorrow and resolution for the future. Fr. Jim later found out this was called the Consciousness Examen and that the monk didnt make up, it was by St.Ignatius.

The first step A prayer for Enlighment is spirtually is deeply connected with mysticism and enlightment is something that is hard to grasp or having knowledge or spirtual insight. The second step Reflective Thanksgiving involves spending some moments thanking God for His wonders in our lives and the many gifts we had recieved through His grace and love. The third step Survey of Actions means each moment of life is the moment with the potential for the power of God to break in. The fourth step Contrition and sorrow calls us to visit the regrets of our lives, the regrets of our days together. The final step Resolution for the Future calls us to preserve our commitment to the future.

I think Life Love and Laughter is a good book for teens to read because it helps you get throught the hardships and changes in life through the Consciousness Examen. Also that God excepts us for who we are and to love ourselves as who we are.
Brandon Quinn
Mrs. Callahan

Book Review For Life, Love, and Laughter
By Fr. Jim Vlaun

Life, Love, and Laughter is a great book for all wether you're a religion expert, or a lost soul looking to get in touch with God again. While telling Fr. Jim Vlaun's life lessons that he has learned over the years, it explains the five steps of the Consciousness Examen. The Consciousness Examen was taught and developed by St. Ignatious of Loyola in 1548. It is a book of spiritual exercises. It asks us to be fully aware of the presence of God while becoming more human and following the path he set for us.

Fr. Jim Vlaun learned the Consciousness Examen from a very disheveled monk at a monastery where he was sent to think about leaving the seminary. His prayer life had been dead for over a year. While he was eating, the monk sensed what was wrong with Fr. Jim Vlaun, and gave him a pink card explaining the Consciousness Examen. From that point on Fr. Vlaun's spiritual life has prospered and he still has that same card posted next to his mirror. Everyday he looks at his bathroom mirror, and follows the five steps (he is also always reminded that the milk is in the fridge!, you'll understand). If you follow these five steps, along with your other spiritual practices, your sense of God in your life will grow and your spiritual life will prosper.

It is a great book for all ages and walks of life. Just follow it's steps and your life will have more life, love, and laughter.
Stephanie Gonzalez's review on life love and laugter  Sep 30, 2004
Stephanie Gonzalez
John Sureau
Theology 6
30 September 2004
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The book Life Love and Laughter consists of the Consciousness Examen. In the examen there are five steps which include: 1. a prayer for enlightenment 2. Reflective Thanksgiving. 3. Survey Actions 2. Reflective Thanksgiving 3. Survey Actions 4. Contrition and sorrow 5. Resolution for future. Each step talks about how we can become closer to God. The Consciousness Examen is written by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The first step talks about how we spend too much time asking God for a eureka moment. The Second step talks about spending some moments thanking God for His wonders in our lives. The third step talks about how each moment of our life is a moment with potential for the power of God to break in. the forth step talks about us visiting the regrets of our days together. The last step talks about preserving our commitment to the future.This book is about real life stories. Father Jim wrote about personal struggles and happy occasions in his life. His personal stories made the book interesting and fun to read.

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