Sunday, October 01, 2017

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 01 October 2017
26th Sunday of the Year (A)

I pause each day for 15 minutes.
  • rest in our triune God.

  • I speak to the Divine persons, or I say nothing.

Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
(first reading)

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;
teach me your paths!

Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus.
(second reading)

Jesus said to them, Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart. I focus on Jesus. I let his words touch me. How do I react, respond? I chat with Jesus about myself and what his words reveal to me.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for this grace: to increase my courage to stay close to him and to let me be shaped more by his humble compassion.

  • I ask St. Paul to present me to Jesus.

  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. I praise Jesus for dying and rising for me;
  2. I thank Jesus for sharing his life and identity with me.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to increase my courage to stay close to him and to let me be shaped more by his humble compassion.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Speaking his words reassures me  I am intimately related to him; like him I rely on his Father and mine to shape me more like my brother, Messiah Jesus.

Aware of my feelings and emotions which surfaced as I conversed with Jesus:
  • After my prayer, I jot down my reactions; the way Jesus was toward me; what I have noticed; and I look forward to tomorrow.

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A Note on Jotting My Prayer Reactions
  1. I do not force myself to write.
  2. I do not force a certain style of writing. (Some people keep diaries; longer entries come easily or naturally. Others write a word or a phrase; a summary is all they need.)
  3. I keep at hand the kind of prayer-record (diary; loose-leaf binder; 3x5 spiral pad; computer; smartphone) which is most conducive for me.
  4. I date each entry.
  5. Periodically--after a week; after a month; after a liturgical season, for example--I review my jottings. They form a record of both my praying, and more importantly, the Trinity's graces given me.