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Ignatian Examen

This short (15 minute) practice was crafted by Ignatius of Loyola as he sought ways to become ever more mindful of God's presence in his days. The Examen can be done frequently (Ignatius paused throughout his day to consider the preceding  few hours) as on a nightly basis, or it can be made into a weekly, monthly or even annual rhythm. It consists of five foundational steps, but can be adapted in lots of ways. The simplest is presented here this month.

As we do, begin with breath and come to stillness, allowing your heart and spirit to be centered and at peace.

God, would You look at [today, this morning, yesterday, this week] with me? What has been on my heart and mind?

God, show me what You want me to notice. Did it lead me toward or away from more faith, hope and love?

God, what is important to You about my day? How was I with You, or not with You, in it?

God, if I need to repent, or to forgive, I do so now with an open heart. Show me.

God, what graces (faith, trust, love, etc.) would please You for me to seek for tomorrow? How shall I be formed?


To finish, rest for a moment with gratitude in the presence of God and allow Him to delight over you. You may consider a short journaling time to note how this time was, and what you will take with you.

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