The Examen and Discernment

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure online retreat

This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

One of the gifts of the Spiritual Exercises is that the retreatant learns about the art and practice of discernment. One of the concrete ways that we practice discernment is through the daily Examen, a practice which helps us be sensitive to our interior life and sift through our reactions so that we may reflect before making a choice.

Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, talks about discernment and the Examen in the video below. O’Brien is the author of The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Daily Life.


  1. I have been doing the Examen for about 20 years and it is my favorite prayer. I journal my Examen and am finding that I am writing the same things over and over. How can I spice it up? I like journaling the Examen so that I can recognize graces or patterns that I need to be aware of. Any suggestions?


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