Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
23rd August 2015
St. Ignatius and The
Simple Path to Sanctity
the founder of the Jesuits set out a simple method as a
means of leading those under his guide to great depths
of holiness by means of what he called the Particular Examen. This
Particular Examen, is basically a five step
meditation or Examination of Conscience. It's unlike the
normal Examination of Conscience that we do before we go
into the confessional to get our sins absolved by the
Priest. The purpose of the Examen is to get us to put
away the clutter and noise of the world so as to help us
to see things as God sees them.
The steps are as follows:
1. Put yourself in the presence of God. If you
can, find a place of silence and recognise that Jesus
has been right next to you, all day, every day, watching
your every move, knowing your every thought.
2. Invoke the Holy Ghost to help you. Ask the
Consoler, the Holy Ghost, who intercedes for us all the
time, to open your mind and your heart to the realities
of your day.
3. Review the events of your day, good and evil. Go over your day in your mind and review how you dealt
with each event. What where your thoughts and
sentiments. How did you spend your time during the day.
4. Tell Our Lord that you are sorry for the evil you
have done, and thank Him for the good you have
accomplished. From your heart, make a sincere act
of contrition for all of the bad things that you did, and
say prayers, like an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory
Be, for all of the good things that you did.
5. Resolve to do better in the future. Tell Our
Lord that if He should give you another day to live, you
will sincerely try harder to do His will tomorrow,
rather than doing your will. Tell God that you will
start trusting in Him completely, in all things, all the
The great benefits of this daily examination is that it
will help you to stay focused on the most important
reality, namely the salvation of your soul.
The Prayer of
Take, Lord, and
receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and
my entire will, all I have and possess. You have given
me, I now give it back to you, O Lord. All is yours,
dispose of it according to your will. Give me only your
love and your grace, that is enough for me. Amen.