Other Examens


For the Week

By Wendy Maxian

  • Thanksgiving:
  • What am I especially grateful for in the past week...
  • The love and support I have received...
  • The courage I have mustered...
  • An event that took place...
  • Petition:
  • I am about to review my week; I ask myself to dedicate time and focused thought to my reflection so that I may better know and prepare myself.
  • Review:
  • Where have I felt true joy this week?
  • What has troubled me?
  • What has challenged me?
  • Where and when did I pause?
  • Where and when did I confidently act?
  • What did I spiritually connect with?
  • Response:
  • In light of my review, how can I more fully engage with myself, my vocation, and the people I encounter?
  • A Look Ahead:
  • As I look ahead, how should I implement my response next week?
  • With what spirit do I want to enter the next week?

For the Year

Adapted by Debra Mooney, Ph.D. from the Center for Mission and Identity at Xavier University's Daily Examen

  • St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen is an opportunity for peaceful daily reflective prayer. It invites us to find the movement of God in our life. The following is a reflective review of the past year. Before you begin, identify some major markers of your year, such as the semester calendar or events [eg, Commencement], to orient yourself to the time period.
  • The Examen is simply a set of introspective prompts for you to follow or adapt to your own character and spirit. Begin with a pause and a slow, deep breath or two; become aware that you are in the presence of the Holy.
  • As I review the past 12 months, from a year ago through to the present moment -
  • What am I especially grateful for this year?
  • An event that took place
  • Courage that I mustered
  • Love and support I received
  • I ask for the light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.
  • Where have I felt true joy this year?
  • What troubled me this year?
  • What has challenged me?
  • Where and when did I find an opportunity for renewal and pause?
  • Have I noticed God's presence in any of this?
  • In light of my review, what is my response to the God of my life?
  • As I look ahead, to the coming months what comes to mind?
  • With what spirit do I want to enter the next few months, the next year?
  • I ask for God's presence and grace, for this spirit, as I enter the next year
  • Amen

Ecology

Prayer for Finding God in All Things: The Daily Examen of St. Ignatius of Loyola,
by Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

  • St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen is an opportunity for peaceful daily reflective prayer. It invites us to find the movement of God in all the people and events of our day. The Examen is simply a set of introspective prompts for you to follow or adapt to your own character and spirit. Begin with a pause and a slow, deep breath or two; become aware that you are in the presence of the Holy.

    [How] Do I have a God-centered, sacramental reverence for the earth?

    [How] Do I see the cosmos as "a 'body' of God," sacred, and "charged with the grandeur of God?"

    As a steward and co-creator of the planet, [how] do I express gratitude for the beauty of God's creation and work responsibly with others to preserve it?

    I pause and reflect.

    For more on Sustainability initiatives at Jesuit universities,
    see "Jesuit Education: Terms A to Z" at www.jesuitresource.org - Sustainability,


Diversity

  • By Debra Mooney and Cheryl Nunez

  • St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen is an opportunity for peaceful daily reflective prayer. It invites us to find the movement of God in all the people and events of our day. The Examen is simply a set of introspective prompts for you to follow or adapt to your own character and spirit. Begin with a pause and a slow, deep breath or two; become aware that you are in the presence of the Holy.

    From my interactions with the people and world around me;
    - what experiences of my culture have I had today?
    - what experiences of other cultures did I have today?

    How have I been enriched because of the experiences?
    How have I been challenged?

    Did these experiences cause me to feel closer to - or further from others?
    Did these experiences cause me to feel closer to- or further from God?

    What might God be saying to me through these experiences?

    How can I honor the gifts of my cultural heritage tomorrow?
    How can I honor the gifts of other cultures that God has bestowed upon me?

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