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.

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

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