The I/We Examen

Published on 27 Jun 2018
Two people walking along a sand dune

This examen, from the resource booklet created at Riverview, a Jesuit school in Australia, by Ross Jones SJ, which can be found on the Jesuit Institute website, uses a different technique to help us experience God in our lives.

1 Relax in the presence of God. Be aware of God’s loving presence in, and all around you.Thank God for something God has loved into your life since your last Examen.

2 Beg to be given the ‘mind and heart of Christ’, to see the reality as Jesus sees it. Reflect prayerfully over your day.

3 Go through the day with the Lord, checking the “WE”, what Jesus and you experienced together, against the “I” alone. As you reflect over the day, then, see everything about which you can say “WE” (even if you were not conscious of God’s presence at the time). For example: WE ate breakfast; WE went off to work; WE did our chores; WE were truthful when it really mattered.And see what you cannot say “WE” about, but have to say “I”. For example: I got angry with those people; I judged that person rashly; I failed to be kind to that one.

4 As we prayerfully reflect over our day in this way, God makes us keenly aware of the ways in which God touches us and is present to us all during the day. It is clear when we have walked other ways. Talk to God about it. Renew in love your sorrow for ever disappointing or offending our Father, and convey that to God.

5 Accept an invitation God gives you to repair any damage, and act better next time you face the same kind of situation in which you failed today.

End by praying the Our Father slowly.