Ignatian Examen

Have you seen those games in the store that say “minutes to learn, a lifetime to master”? That could easily be the tagline to Ignatian Examen. This is a great way to pray in our busy times. Every evening (and noontime too?) create a few minutes of quiet and review your day. How easy is that? As you review the events of your day, try to see how God has been present and be filled with gratitude. That’s it. Just you and God walking through your day.

If you journal, this is an awesome opportunity to put in words or pictures your experience of God today.


Ignatius of Loyola lived in northern Spain in the early 1500’s. He was a soldier and became seriously wounded. While he was recovering he became profoundly aware of God in his life. He founded the Society of Jesus, called the Jesuits. ( Pope Francis belongs to this order .)


  1. Become aware of the presence of God.
  2. Review the day with gratitude.
    Gratitude is the foundation of our relationship with God. Walk through your day in the presence of God and note its joys and delights.
  3. Pay attention to your emotions.
    Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. Ask what God is saying through these feelings.
  4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
    Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to something during the day that God thinks is particularly important. It may be a vivid moment or something that seems insignificant.
  5. Look toward tomorrow.
    Ask God to give you light for tomorrow’s challenges.


Here is a card that you can print out and save by your bedside.

I have to admit that I have not read this book yet. It’s on my wishlist! Reimagining the Ignatian Examen

If you would like to learn more about St. Ignatius,  this is a good book.