The Examen is a traditional method of prayerful awareness that is a bedrock in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. It’s a short, easy way to reflect on your day and become more mindful about where you are experiencing grace or goodness and where there is room in your actions and life for growth. What people don’t often realize is that the Examen is exceptionally flexible and adaptive. It can be used to review your day […]
Thanks to Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is making its way through the Year of Mercy. During this time, we look for ways to show mercy and to enact, through our physical, ordinary lives, God’s compassion for those who suffer and forgiveness for those who have caused harm. This is a wonderful theme for any year—or any given day—and we are grateful for a pope who leads us in this outpouring of holy love. However, […]
A community of Christian youth workers released this video version of the Examen prayer. The text on each screen guides the reader through the prayer, with questions such as “When did I feel most alive today?” and “When did I feel most drained?” If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video.
In the spring, we plant seeds, but we also notice all kinds of plants sprouting without any help from us. Right now, we have lettuce coming up in a patch of the backyard close to where the lettuce container plant sat last year. Some of the lettuce went to seed and fell into the ground, and we have small bright green leaves now, popping up with the regular grass. I don’t mind lettuce on the […]
Readers of this blog may already be familiar with Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. We’ve featured flip books based on the popular book of the same name, and now Reimagining the Examen is an app. Years ago, Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, created the prayer app before he even knew it. The novice director for the Central and Southern provinces jotted down themed Examens in a Word document that he would pray from on his iPhone. This year, […]
Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL, shares a five-minute video leading viewers through a simple Examen. For more resources on the Examen, try the Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Books or the special Lenten series From Ashes to Glory. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the Examen Video from Loyola Academy.
This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. From out of nowhere, my phone rings. I check the number. One of two things is likely to happen. Either my heart leaps and a huge smile crosses my face (I have been longing for this call.), or I bite my lip and feel my heart recoil a bit (I have to deal with this.). As I do my daily Examen and look […]
We recently featured a video from Creighton University’s Division of Mission and Ministry on contemplation. Today, Kyle Lierk, Creighton University’s director of Campus Ministry, leads us in a six-minute experience of the Examen. He sets it up by talking briefly about the idea in the First Principle and Foundation that we are created to praise, reverence, and serve God and we do that to fulfill our mission. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through […]
John A. Hardon, SJ, suggested that one way to counteract temptation from the evil one is by doing a Particular Examen on the Theological Virtues. In introduction, he wrote: Before applying the particular examen to my own spiritual life, it is well to first ask myself, “What are the virtues that I know from experience I most need to develop?” The reason why this question should first be answered is that no two of us […]
As we transition into the new year, let’s try an Examen prayer of our previous year. It’s really pretty simple: the Examen helps us reflect on a past period of time—usually we reflect prayerfully over the previous day or the previous few hours. But I believe we can apply these principles to the past calendar year as well. Step One: Become aware of God’s presence. One way of doing this is to ask the Holy […]