Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 14 Feb 2016
First Lenten Sunday of the Year (C)


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







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









I have now brought you the firstfruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me.
(first reading)

Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust!”
(responsorial)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
(second reading)

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.
(gospel)
 I join Jesus in the desert. I stay close to him, especially when he is tempted. I  hear his responses. I notice his tone of voice and his posture. What are my reactions, my feelings toward Jesus? I chat with him about them. I take what helps me follow him more closely. 

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for grace to live Lent so I may awaken to my Christian character and live it.







  • I ask angels and saints to present me to Jesus.







  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. I praise Jesus for dying and rising for me;
  2. thank him for revealing my humanity to me even as he shows God to me.













  • I ask Jesus for grace to live Lent so I may awaken to my Christian character and live it.











  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave me his prayer to keep me rooted in him and to guide my lenten journey to what is more true, more humane and more godly.







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.

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