Tech Talk: The Examen App


Do you struggle with daily prayer or am I the only one? My plan, every day, is to open and close my day in prayer. To bookend it if you will. And sometimes I do and other days, not so much. For morning prayer I prefer to sit in a chair, use a real book, journal and pencil rather than use electronic stuff. It’s just way to easy for me to get sucked into other things when I use my tablet or laptop in the morning to pray. But at night, well, I like to pray in my bed, snuggled under the covers with all the lights off except the glow from my tablet.


About a month ago I found a great new app based on St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen. The point of the Examen is to put yourself in God’s presence, look at your day, show gratitude, ask forgiveness and plan for tomorrow.

This new app guides you through the traditional Examen but also has other options such as: Ask for Grace; Shifts in My Spirit; Gratitude; I’m Drained and more. There are thirty-four options. You can also select your text size and background music, if desired.


The app is based on Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, S. J.’s book, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. The app is available for iOS and Android. You can find more information on the website. Or go to iTunes or Google Play, search for Reimagining the Examen and download it. You don’t even need your credit card, because the app is free!

I hope you enjoy this app as much as I do.

Copyright 2016 Deanna Bartalini


About Author

Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at, serves as the editor of the blog, and is a contributor there as well as at Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Our Sunday Visitor. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.


  1. Margaret Rose Really, Obl OSB on

    Are you referring to the Examen Prayer app by Fr. Denk, or Reimagining the Examen app by Loyola Press? The icon is for Fr. Denk’s…I’m guessing either will work perfectly fine.

  2. Thank you so much for your suggestion. I downloaded and started using the app right after reading your article. I’ve used it daily since and am grateful for the insights it has given me. Thanks!

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