What is a Jesuit?
The Jesuits, also known as the Society of Jesus (SJ), is an order of Catholics founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1534. Jesuit spirituality is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises written by Ignatius.
The original Spanish text of the Exercises was translated into two Latin versions (the Versio Prima and the Vulgate) which were approved by Pope Paul III in 1548.
The Spiritual Exercises are offered in closed sessions of a weekend, five, eight or the full thirty days at retreat houses as well as retreats in everyday life made at home over the course of about nine months (technically referred to as a 19th Annotation retreat).
Examen of Consciousness
The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us.
This method is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius made sure that one of the requirements of the Jesuit order was that every Jesuit practice the Examen of Consciousness twice daily (at noon and at the end of the day).
Recall you are in the presence of God
Give thanks to God.
Ask for awareness of the Holy Spirit's aid.
Now examine how you are living this day.
Pray words of reconciliation and resolve.
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