Posted on March 10, 2016 by Amy Tolmie
The examen is a simple spiritual exercise developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the Sixteenth Century. The simplest form of the examen consists of two questions: For what moment am I most grateful? For what moment am I least grateful?
We have included this prayer resource here as a tool to help you take a moment to stop and consider where God has been in your thinking and in your doing over the last while (you can determine how far you would like to look back, although it is helpful to use a short period of time such as a day, week or month).
These questions help us identify moments of consolation, that for which we are most grateful, and desolation, that for which we are least grateful. Ignatius expected that God would speak to us through these moments of deepest feelings and yearnings. We should aim to do more of what brings us consolation, and to listen to and respond to what brings us desolation. Done regularly over a period of time, the examen can guide our lives and help us to make wise choices.
Here is a simple form of the examen you can download and print for your own use or to use with groups: Download PDF