Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 23 Oct 2016
30th Sunday of the Year (C)

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

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

The Lord’s The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorites.
(first reading)

The Lord hears the cry of the poor!

The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom!
(second reading)

O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart. I ask him to let my heart beat with his compassion. I listen for myself in his parable: who am I in it? what moves within me? what does Jesus parable cause me to desire? I chat with Jesus about these.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for grace to be his disciple who is more alert, active and aware of Jesus saving me.

  • I ask the tax-collector of the parable to present me to Jesus.

  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. praise Jesus for being God’s presence in flesh & blood;
  2. thank him for welcoming me and inviting me to join his mission.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to be his disciple who is more alert, active and aware of Jesus saving me.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus’ words, forgive we forgive others on my lips, shape me to live the compassion I ask Jesus to show me.

Aware of my feelings and emotions which surfaced as I conversed with Jesus:
  • Finally, 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.