Lenten Read-Along: Examen of God’s Compassion and Mercy for Me

The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness Lenten Read-Along - text next to hands holding heart image

  1. I begin by giving thanks for the good gifts God has given me so far.
  2. I ask God for the gifts of insight and illumination into my own situation as a loved sinner.
  3. I review my past, allowing whatever comes to mind to arise, considering times when God was merciful, kind, and compassionate with me in my own limits and sin.
  4. I consider where I have allowed that mercy to sink in and inform how I act with others and where I have not yet fully integrated that love into my own actions.
  5. I ask God for any insight or assistance in guiding a response to what I have experienced in prayer today.

—Excerpted from The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness

Enjoy the “Examen of God’s Compassion and Mercy for Me” as a video reflection below. Pause the video to give you time to reflect on each step. Take as much time for each step as you like.

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Marina Berzins McCoy
Marina Berzins McCoy is a professor at Boston College, where she teaches philosophy and in the BC PULSE service-learning program. She is the author of The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness and Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Philosophy. She and her husband are the parents to two young adults and live in the Boston area.


  1. Thanks Marina for this soothing reflection. God’s compassion and mercy: healing, uplifting and empowering.


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