The Examen

The Examen is a prayer developed by Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. One very important aspect of Jesuit spirituality is to “find God in all things.” In the Examen, Saint Ignatius provided a mechanism for doing so. While some people might consider the Examen an examination of conscience, it is more than this. While there are moments when we look at our sinfulness, the Examen is a more complete prayer that helps us to see not only our sins, but all the ways God is present in our lives.