What is Exodus 90 and why should I do it?

Exodus 90 is a ninety-day spiritual exercise for men based on Christ's roadmap to freedom: prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. Men who desire to grow in the spiritual life and gain greater freedom call together a fraternity of 5-7 men to join them in following a set structure of prayer, asceticism, and fraternity for 90 days. During this time they will be led by daily readings from the book of Exodus, paired with daily reflections, to keep them on the road to freedom.

Exodus 90 is a spiritual exercise that not only promises men greater freedom but delivers it. Over 90% of men who have gone through Exodus 90 say they have experienced greater freedom because of it. And though 90 days proves to be enough to aid men in gaining greater freedom, it is not enough to defend it for life; it is only the beginning. To gain a life of freedom we must continue to follow Christ's model and roadmap; we must continue to live a life of prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. The Day 91 exercises are ready to aid you and your fraternity in this venture upon your completion of Exodus 90. But for now, let's keep our eyes on step one, gathering a fraternity and getting ready for Day 1 of Exodus 90.


Table of contents

Why should a man do Exodus 90?

Why 90 days?

Is Exodus 90 Catholic?

Can Protestants do Exodus 90?

Is Exodus 90 an addiction or recovery program?

Why does Exodus 90 cost money?


Why should a man do Exodus 90?

Every man comes to Exodus for a different reason. But the common thread is a desire for greater freedom. Most men are deeply motivated to become better husbands for their wives and fathers for their children or priests for the Church, so desperately in need of renewal.

When we look to the Book of Exodus, we see in the Israelites a powerful image for men today. The Israelites are enslaved not because they are weak, but because they are strong and growing. As a result, the Pharaoh fears them and their taskmasters oppress them further. This is so similar to men today, who are so full of potential and power, that the Devil enslaves them to sin and worldly distractions out of fear for what they might do if they responded to God’s high calling.

To answer the question more directly, a man should sign up to embrace his calling to become the spiritual leader in his home that God has called him to be and that his spouse and children desire in their heart of hearts.

The roadmap to freedom—the roadmap to life—is here set before you. It’s a hard road, no doubt, and only a few will take it up. Christ knows that, but he has called you to it. He has set before you a choice: freedom or slavery, life or death. By choosing to walk this road, you are choosing to take up the roadmap to freedom. You are choosing life. Right now, and every day from this point forward, look to the cross. Jesus Christ, the Great Liberator, is alive and present, and he is ready to lead you to freedom.

Follow him.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can Protestants do Exodus 90?

Absolutely. Many Protestants have done Exodus 90 and quite a few of them have reported that is was a very fruitful experience for them. Exodus 90 is a spiritual exercise for men based on prayer, asceticism, and fraternity and is rooted in the traditions of the early Church. This path to holiness is not just for Exodus 90, nor just the Catholic Church, but for all Christians everywhere. All men are welcome. More and more protestant, evangelical, and other non-Catholic, Christian participants continue to find the spiritual exercise to be very fruitful for their freedom and relationship with Christ every year.


Is Exodus 90 in accord with Church teaching?

Short answer: yes. Exodus 90 started as a spiritual exercise in a seminary. Five years ago, our team committed to sharing it with the world. To date, more than 30,000 men have made their way through the spiritual exercise. Exodus, Inc. has the full support of many bishops, including our beloved ordinary, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend who granted the Exodus 90 Spiritual Exercise the Imprimatur.


Is Exodus 90 an addiction or recovery program?

Exodus 90 is not an addiction or recovery program. It is a spiritual exercise that reorients one's very way of life. It is an opportunity to begin conforming one's life to that of Christ. This will inevitably bring forth abundant graces and greater freedom. The Lord can do anything: he has used Exodus 90 to bring forth the grace of complete freedom to men who have been struggling with addictions for decades. However, freedom won't come just by jumping through the hoops of Exodus 90. Exodus 90 simply helps dispose us to the grace and freedom God wants to give us.

We highly recommend that those struggling with an addiction get the help they need from a licensed therapist. Exodus 90 is not for every man at every time of his life. Ask the Lord if he is calling you to take up Exodus 90 at this time.


Why 90 Days?

How long does it take to regain freedom? Eight days, thirty days, ninety days, five years? When it comes to regaining our freedom, we need to do more than just successfully jump through a set of hoops for a duration of time. We need to respond to God’s grace and reorient our lives towards him. Think of a man who struggles with alcoholism. After giving up alcohol and faithfully attending ninety Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in ninety days, will he be free to return to an empty house stocked with liquor? Unlikely. There is more to recovery and more to freedom than that.

We must reorient our life towards Jesus Christ, the source of our fulfillment and freedom. Regardless of what you struggle with, these 90 days are a time to reorient your life by changing unhealthy patterns. Who do you spend your time with? Where do you go in times of stress? What do you turn to in periods of perceived boredom? Whatever it is that enslaves us, we will gain greater freedom only if we change our hearts, minds, and the overall pattern of our lives to center on Christ.

In his book Your Brain on Porn, Professor Gary Wilson notes that individuals trying to “reboot” their brains in order to achieve freedom from their addiction to pornography try to go three months without looking at pornographic images. Men with serious addiction symptoms sometimes need a far longer period to achieve freedom. For them, eight days is not enough, thirty days is not enough; ninety days is a very strong start, but still not enough for true and lasting freedom.

Be of good hope: during these ninety days, you will encounter our Lord in a new way. The heart of this period of ninety days is Christ's roadmap to freedom that will provide you with the means to give your life to God anew and allow him to reorient it. Christ’s roadmap of prayer, asceticism, and fraternity, emphasized in Exodus 90, disposes us to receive the graces we need to obtain the freedom for which God made us. And, if you allow God’s grace to work, you will experience the reorientation of your life to that which matters most. These ninety days have the ability to serve as a meaningful start to the rest of your life.


Why does Exodus 90 cost money?

Great question! We have a helpful article on this topic:


"God desires your freedom even more than you do."

-Exodus 90 Field Guide

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