I pause each day for 15 minutes.
- I 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?
Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;
teach me your paths!
Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus.
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 St. Paul to present me to Jesus.
- I open my heart to him and chat with him:
- I praise Jesus for dying and rising for me;
- 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.
- I do not force myself to write.
- 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.)
- I keep at hand the kind of prayer-record (diary; loose-leaf binder; 3x5 spiral pad; computer; smartphone) which is most conducive for me.
- I date each entry.
- 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.