Sunday, March 03, 2019

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .03 Mar 2019
Eighth Sunday of the Year (C)

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

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

The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had;
so too does one's speech disclose the bent of one's mind.
(first reading)

They that are planted in the house of the LORD...
shall bear fruit even in old age;
vigorous and sturdy shall they be.

My beloved brothers and sisters,
be firm, steadfast...knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain!
(second reading)

A good person out of the store of goodness of one's heart produces good...for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus to give me new or renewed purpose as his disciple and to help me welcome a new measure of his life for the sake of our world.

  • I ask Mary to present me to her son.

  • I open my heart to Jesus and chat with him:
  1. ask him to give me new or renewed purpose as his disciple; and 
  2. Help me welcome a new measure of his life for the sake of our world.

  • I entrust myself to Jesus and ask for grace to feel more deeply his compassion for me and to practice it.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord's Prayer. Praying forgive us…as we forgive others transforms me into fruit that is sweet and shows others I measure with the heart of God.

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.

+ + +
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.