A Variation on the Examen

I’ve been interested in variations on Ignatius’s Daily Examen ever since I wrote a book about it.  I ran across an interesting take on the Examen here.  This Examen has four elements: Presence, Gratitude, Review, and Response.  I especially liked this quote from St. Teresa of Avila:

[The soul] must forget about [understanding], and abandon itself into the arms of love, and His Majesty will teach it what to do next; almost its whole work is to realize its unworthiness to receive such great good and to occupy itself in thanksgiving.


  1. Not to “lean into your own understanding” (Biblical quote), not to try to figure things out for yourself. Ask God for discernment on the issue you need to understand.

  2. Thank you for this.
    Does anyone know specifically what St. Teresa of Avila is speaking about when she says the soul must “forget about understanding”? Understanding what, I mean?

  3. Jim, thank you for writing “a simple life-changing prayer” which is so very helpful and also for sharing this quote from St. Teresa of Avila – abandonment and gratitude are key in our relationship with Jesus.


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