News Detail
Reflecting on the Past Year: An Ignatian Annual Examen

January 1, 2017 — As the new year begins, Jesuits.org invites you to reflect on 2016 with this Ignatian Annual Examen courtesy of Xavier University’s Jesuitresource.org website.

The Examen is a prayer of awareness that St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, taught in his Spiritual Exercises. It provides an opportunity for peaceful daily reflection, inviting us to “find God in all things.” By looking back and recognizing the movement of God in all the people and events of our day, we see ourselves, in retrospect, enveloped in the One “in whom we live and move and have our being,” according to Jesuit Father George Traub and Debra Mooney in the article "Ignatian Spirituality Among the Professors."

The Examen consists of a few introspective prompts for you to follow or adapt to your own spirit. Before you begin, identify some major markers of your year to orient yourself to the time period. Pause and take a slow, deep breath or two; become aware that you are in the presence of the Lord.

As I review the past 12 months, from a year ago through to the present moment:  
What am I especially grateful for this year?

An event that took place?
Courage that I mustered?
Love and support I received?

I ask for the light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.

Where have I felt true joy this year?
What troubled me this year?
What has challenged me?
Where and when did I find an opportunity for renewal and pause?

Have I noticed God's presence in any of this?

In light of my review, what is my response to the God of my life?

As I look ahead, to the coming months what comes to mind?
With what spirit do I want to enter the next few months? The next year?

I ask for God’s presence and grace, for this spirit, as I enter the next year.

Amen.

Adapted by Debra Mooney, Ph.D. from the Center for Mission and Identity at Xavier University’s Daily Examen. [Source: Jesuitresource.org]





Recent News

May 25, 2017 — Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix raised $150,000 help individuals deported from the U.S. to Mexico.

May 24, 2017 — Fr. Boyle received the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics on May 21.

May 19, 2017 — Fifteen young men and women will commit a year of service to six Jesuit schools through the Jesuit-sponsored Alum Service Corps program.

May 18, 2017 — Canadian Jesuit Father Irénée Beaubien, involved in the ecumenical movement, died this week at 101.

May 15, 2017 — This reflection is an excerpt from Issue 123 of Promotio Iustitiae, focused on Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola’s call to prison ministry.

May 11, 2017 — Fr. William Blazek, SJ, has been named national director of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, succeeding Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, who served for 14 years.

May 10, 2017 — Irish Jesuit Father John Sullivan, remembered for his healing prayers, will be beatified on May 13 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dublin.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 5/15/17

America 5/1/17

America 4/17/17



Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland
Nestled in the urban landscape of Parma, Ohio, the Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland is “a place of peace in the forest.”