Sin and the Examen

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Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ, responds to the question, “How can we use the Examen to better understand our experiences of sin or failure?”

He suggests that when we pray the Examen, we think about our experiences in terms of seven facets:

  1. Context
  2. Condition of mind and heart
  3. Perspective
  4. Perception
  5. Value
  6. Desire
  7. Decision

Tetlow advises that rather than asking about our failures and sin in the Examen, we ask about the good things we’ve done. Are we living out the virtues that the Holy Spirit has given us? Look at the virtues and graces, and see sins and failures in their true light.

Fr. Tetlow’s books include Making Choices in ChristAlways Discerning, and You Have Called Me by My Name.


  1. Thanks. The experienced and wise Reverend Joe is keeping the fire burning in the hearts of the young and the young at heart. May he be blessed with strength and stamina to carry forward the Ignatian torch. God bless.

  2. Thank you for this. An area I need to work on….all the virtues of Holy Spirit and discern my actions accordingly.
    Peace to you also.


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