An Academic Examen

An EXAMEN is a type of prayer which encourages us to reflect on our experiences and come to notice the presence of God in all things. It was conceived in the traditional form by St Ignatius Loyola, and is practiced daily by Jesuits and other Christians wishing to become more aware of God’s presence in their lives each day.

Before finishing one (academic) year and beginning the next, it is beneficial to look back and reflect so that we can learn from our experiences. To not reflect is like trying to fill a bath without putting the plug in!

[read the following slowly with pauses]

Think back over this school year – What are you especially grateful for? ||

Where have you felt true joy this year? When? ||

What troubled you this year? ||

What has challenged you? ||

When did you take an opportunity to grow and become more? ||

Have you noticed God’s presence in any of this? ||

As you look ahead to the coming months what comes to mind? ||

What are your hopes and fears for the future? ||

Ask for an increased awareness of God’s presence and any specific graces you may need as we enter the summer and look towards next year ||

We ask for the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we pray: Hail Mary…

[For Students] Act: Is there a teacher or friend that you should take the time to thank before you finish for the summer?


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