Fr. Kevin C. Fazio

The Examen

If Jesus is “testing” the Canaanite woman in today’s gospel, she is certainly “up to the test” and responds to him with great faith. He says to her that “her will be done” because at that moment her will coincided with God’s will. This is something we should all strive for as we journey through life.

One great way of examining our lives is a prayer called “The Examen,” made popular by St. Ignatius of Loyola. It calls for simply taking a few quiet moments to review our day — perhaps once at midday and once at night. Hit the “rewind” button and see if we can recognize God’s presence in our lives in some fashion during the day … in a kind word that we offered or received; or in the beauty of creation; or perhaps in a refreshing nap! And give thanks to God for that moment, or that person.

During the “rewind,” if a moment sticks out when we failed to live out God’s will, i.e. a sinful or regretful moment, we ask God for forgiveness, and make a “note to self” to bring this sin to confession during our next reception of this great sacrament.

Finally, offer a simple conclusion to the prayer … an “Our Father” or “Hail Mary,” or any words or images that suit you the best in that moment.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!


Yours in Christ,



Fr. Kevin