Sunday, December 04, 2016

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 4 Dec 2016
2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

I pause each day for 15 minutes. 
  • I pause and become aware of our triune God longing for me with love.

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

There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain.
(first reading)

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever!

Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, 
for the glory of God.
(second reading)

Prepare the way of the Lord...Produce good fruit as evidence.
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart. I join the many who went out to hear the John the Baptizer. How do his words speak to me and to my life? What do I desire to do? I chat with John and Jesus about my desire.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for the grace to welcome his joy and to live his faith as mine.

  • I ask John the Baptizer 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 being born human for me to save me for his gospel and friendship with God.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to welcome his joy and to live his faithful endurance as mine.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. It reminds me that all I enjoy is gift and that Jesus modeled for me a way of living that is at once human and divine.

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.