Rummaging for God: Praying Backwards through Your Day
By Dennis Hamm, SJ
Fr. Dennis Hamm, SJ, a scripture professor at Creighton University, calls the Daily Examen “rummaging for God.” He likens it to “going through a drawer full of stuff, feeling around, looking for something that you are sure must be there.” That’s an accurate description of what it’s like to pray the Daily Examen. We look back on the previous day, rummaging through the “stuff,” and finding God in it. We know he is there.
By George Aschenbrenner, SJ
Considered a classic. This is a reprint of the original 1972 article by Aschenbrenner exploring the how and why of practicing the Examen.
Reflection and Our Active Lives
By David L. Fleming, SJ
The tools and methods of Ignatian spirituality, particularly the Examen, instill in us habits of prayerful, thoughtful reflection.
A Method of Making the General Examen
Simple and clear explanation of the Examen, focusing on what Ignatius intended when composing it.
Based on an original article by Father George Aschenbrenner, SJ
This guide calls readers to take another look at the Examen through a consideration of the goal and shape of the prayer. It’s an abbreviation of an article by Aschenbrenner. The present format was prepared by Fr. John English and has been further amended by members of the British Province of the Society of Jesus.
The Examen Video
A six-minute video about the Examen, produced by the Jesuits of the California Province.
Daily Examen Video from Strake Jesuit
Audio presentation (with accompanying images) of the Examen as it is presented each day to the students at Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston.
Into the Examen
This follow-up video to “Examen” from St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco features a student trying out the Examen for himself. Several people think it is the best video they have seen about the Examen.
Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Books
Pray with the nitty-gritty of your day with our Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Books. Using prayers from the book by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, the flip books bring the Examen to your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
Reimagining the Examen App
This free app is based on Thibodeaux’s book, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen, which offers 34 adaptable versions of the Examen.
Review of the Day for Managers
By Paul Brian Campbell, SJ
An adaptation of the Ignatian Examen designed for managers.
From Ashes to Glory
A way of praying the Examen through Lent, with materials by Joseph Tetlow, SJ. Take up the practice of reflecting on your day, its gifts and graces, and the progress you are making in life with Christ.
Ecological Examen (PDF)
By Joseph Carver, SJ
The Examen is presented from an ecological perspective.
Introduce friends to the Examen or try a new approach to the prayer with a daily Examen journal—printable and foldable as a booklet. The booklet can be downloaded from the Catechist’s Journey blog. The prayer steps in the journal are as described by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, in Reimagining the Ignatian Examen.
In addition to following the steps day by day as one learns the prayer, keeping a journal of prayer time can be a fruitful practice as one grows deeper in a relationship with God.