I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some people about the examen lately. I gave my book about it to a couple of friends, and I talked about it in a small group that I’m part of in my parish. I think the examen is a great way to pray during Lent. Jump into Joseph Tetlow’s Lent Examen From Ashes Glory if you haven’t already. Or follow the Lunchtime Examen.
I like what a Jesuit named Santi Rodriguez says about the examen in a blog post: “It basically begins with gratitude and ends in a conversation with Jesus. For Ignatius, gratitude is the first and most important step in our spiritual journey, and intimacy with Jesus is that journey’s ultimate goal.”