An Examen for the Second Week of Lent

This post is part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” —Matthew 20:26-28 Reflect How do I serve? I absorb my culture’s values, and I recognize […]

Pray for Light with the Examen

This post is a part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” In the second step of the Examen, we ask for light. Our minds are limited in what we can grasp, and our memories are limited in what we can retain. We can easily forget or misremember what we did, felt, and thought—especially something that we want to forget. So we need His light if we are to grow in God’s service. When we […]

An Examen for the First Week of Lent

This post is a part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. —Mark 1:12-13 Reflect In the desert, Jesus could see the stars and thank the Father for them. We are called out of the world in this season of Lent, […]

Give Thanks with the Examen

This post is part of the Lenten series “From Ashes to Glory.” The Ignatian Examen begins with thanks to God for all that we have and are. We might begin with the greater things like faith in Christ and life itself and then thank God for the concrete graces of the day. We can live “always and everywhere giving thanks to God” (Ephesians 5:20). Look carefully at all we need to thank God for. Some […]

An Examen for Ash Wednesday

This is the first in a series of posts “From Ashes to Glory.” The Word And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who […]

An Examen “From Ashes to Glory”

This Lent we are offering a prayer exercise, “From Ashes to Glory,” based on Ignatius’s Examen. It is by Joseph Tetlow, SJ, a writer and esteemed spiritual director who has had a lot to do with the growing popularity of the Examen. “From Ashes to Glory” posts will appear here on Ash Wednesday and at the beginning of each week of Lent. On Sundays, Fr. Tetlow will reflect on a theme: Give Thanks Pray for […]

Ways to Pray with the Examen This Lent

Earlier this week we suggested An Ignatian Prayer Adventure as one way to observe Lent. Start your retreat this Sunday (Feb. 10) to follow the experience through Lent and Easter. Here are a few other ideas, all inspired by the Examen. From Ashes to Glory is a seasonal journey with the Examen, using material by Joseph Tetlow, SJ. Two dotMagis posts a week will be devoted to this experience, an introduction on Sundays and the […]

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