Our Method : The Review of Life

The Review of Life (ROL) is the ‘See, Judge, Act’ method by which groups take action in their lives. Cardijn teaches us to use the Review of Life in every situation to integrate faith into our lives.

The ROL is made up by three parts with questions to help students to make sure they are covering all aspects of the situation in their entirety and are in full contemplation of the motivations and effects of the situation as well as the reasons as to why they as individuals were called to action.

The questions are not restrictive, elaborations of these as well as other questions within the group that help to deepen the discussion are encouraged and needed to complete the Review.


The SEE Section is about finding out exactly what is happening in a situation that the students want to talk about.

  1.  What exactly happened? What was your action in response? (the facts)

  2.  What caused this to happen and why? (the causes)

  3.  How were people affected? (the consequences)


The JUDGE Section is about applying our faith and beliefs to the situation and developing an idea about what we are called to do. 

  1.  What do you think about this?

  2.  What does your faith say about this situation? What would Jesus do here?

  3.  What should be happening? (the ideal situation)


The ACT Section is about deciding what we can do to change or see happen in this situation in the way that our faith and beliefs are calling us to.

  1. What exactly do you want to change or see happen in this situation? (Long term aim)

  2.  What action could you take this week that would be a worthwhile step towards achieving this change? (Short term action)

  3.  Who else could you involve in you action?

Remember, it is not a true Review of Life unless the actions are carried out!