Sunday, August 06, 2017

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 06 August 2017
Transfiguration of the Lord (A)

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

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

The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him!
(first reading)

The heavens proclaim Gods justice,
and all peoples see his glory!

Be attentive to [the prophetic message]
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
(second reading)

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him! ...Rise, and do not be afraid.
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart. I let myself focus on Jesus. I hear the voice from the cloud speaking to me. I chat with Jesus about myself and what I hear.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for this grace: to increase my awareness of his presence and to be attentive to it.

  • I ask Peter, James and John 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. I thank Jesus for moments of heightened awareness in which I know him better and myself.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to increase my awareness of his presence and to be attentive to it.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. His words reassure me that God creates me and supplies my needs so I may make known to others Jesus who first knows me.

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.

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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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