Weekly Examen

The examen is a centuries-old practice in the church that invites us to prayerfully reflect on our days in the presence of God. We built a weekly examen page into the planner to give you an opportunity to regularly pause and evaluate your life in the context of seven key areas: spirit, body, mind, relationships, home, work, and resources.

As you complete the examen each week, consider what God might be revealing to you in each of these areas. Notice the celebrations and struggles. Be honest, humble, and forgiving. Open your heart to hear God speak.

Jenn Giles Kemper 

Below, you'll find an ever-growing collection of resources to help you deepen your experience of the weekly examen. Some of them were created by members of the Sacred Ordinary Days community of kindreds, and the list has been—and will continue to be—curated by our kindreds. Share your own recommendations for additional resources in the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook group to have them added here.



Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Life-Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children by Sally Clarkson

Busy Lives and Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life by Becky Eldredge

Living Faith Day by Day: How the Sacred Rules of Monastic Traditions Can Help You Live Spiritually in the Modern World by Debra K. Farrington

The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV

A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen by Jim Manney

Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit by Whitney R. Simpson

Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling by James W. Sire

The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with Conscience by Mike Slaughter and Karen Perry Smith

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Fresh Ways to Pray from Your Day by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ

Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People by Various

How Is Your Soul? A Personal Study for Spiritual Renewal with Devotional, Daily Examen, and Yearly Examen Tools by Vineyard Resources

Sacred Story: An Ignatian Examen for the Third Millennium by William M. Watson, SJ


No. 6: The Examen (Extended Edition) by A New Liturgy


S1 | Webinar : Daily Spiritual Practices, The Examen + Retreat with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman as an extension of the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

    Christian Examen—Daily or Weekly

    Examen Prayer at Pray as You Go


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