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Lunchtime Examen

It’s time to make some decisions about what you’ll do to observe Lent, which is only nine days away.   May I suggest that you give the Lunchtime Examen a try?  This is a series of six guided prayers based on the Ignatian Examen.  The prayers will be posted each Wednesday in Lent, with the first coming on Ash Wednesday next week.

Each of the sessions will guide you through a prayerful reflection on the events of your day so that you can see where God has been especially present.  Each session will also explain some aspect of the Examen.  It’s a good way to both learn about the Examen and get a feel for how to pray it.  Oh yes — I’m doing the narrating.  The Lunchtime Examen project grew out of my new book, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen.You’ll find the Lunchtime Examen here.  Bookmark the page and visit it on Ash Wednesday.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manneyhttps://www.jimmanneybooks.com/
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. Hello Fr. Jim,
    Thanks so much for takeing the time to write down the “Lunch time Exam” I find it very helpful, nourishing and I am so grateful. With gratitude, Jacqui (Buncrana) Ireland

  2. Thank you so so much for this. I am also grateful that I can download the PDF file to write my journal. I am really longing for this kind of accompaniment in my life together with the whole online adventure retreat. Thank you Fr. Manney.

  3. Thank you so much. The lunchtime examen is very helpful together with the whole online retreat adventure. Thank you Fr. Jim Manney. I really want to do this retreat even in a busy time.

  4. Just wanted to add my voice to the list of others who found the Lunchtime Examens created for us by Jim Manney during Lent were first exposure to this method of praying and I really found them very useful in my personal prayer life. Thank you!


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