Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 12 Feb 2017
Sixtth Sunday of the Year (A)

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

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

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord!
(first reading)

Merciful and gracious is the Lord,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness!

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
(second reading)

Jesus: You have heard that it was said to your ancestors. . .
But I say to you.
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten me and free me to welcome what Jesus has said to me from the mountain. I notice that Jesus enacted his words: he is the measure of Christian living. How do I desire to live it? I chat with Jesus about my desire.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for grace to be attentive to him: to his ways as well as his words.

  • I ask Mary and my patron saint to present me to Jesus.

  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. praise Jesus for dying and rising for me;
  2. thank him for inviting me to pattern my life on his so I may grow more in sync with God’s heart and desires.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to be attentive to him: to his ways as well as his words.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave me his words so I may get in sync and stay in sync with him often.

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 Trinitys graces given me.