The first step is to recognize one's own sin. Ignatius proposes to meditate on concrete and historical cases of sin and then makes the participant reflect on his personal sin. The purpose is to discover how sin becomes the place where the Lord wants to meet me. The way I perceive myself starts to change. Sin is no longer a place of shame, but a place of salvation.
During the second week, Ignatius proposes the contemplation of the life of Jesus (Christ’s birth and baptism, his sermon on the mount, his ministry of healing and teaching, his raising Lazarus from the dead). Now the participant arranges all his faculties, memory, intelligence and intellect to put himself at His service.
During the third week, the participant is invited to follow Jesus in his passion and his death to experience Christ's logic of radical salvation, free of conditions and changes of mind. It is time to confirm my decision to follow Him everywhere.
The participant recalls all the good he has received and perceives himself as a new creature ready to follow his Lord, aware that at any time he will be able to return to the steps he just completed to draw new energy. He is now a contemplative in action.