Sunday, July 10, 2016

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 10 Jul 2016
15th 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 [covenant is]…already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.
(first reading)

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life!

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God!
(second reading)

Jesus: But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.”
 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 make my heart more supple and free.

  • I ask the Good Samaritan to present me to Jesus.

  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. praise him for praise him for dying, rising for me;
  2. thank him for inviting me to join him as an ambassador of his healing love.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to make my heart more supple and free.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. It reminds me that I exercise my heart to grow like his in little ways not only in momentous ones.

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.