Sunday, March 04, 2018

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .


. . .of 04 March 2018
Lenten Sunday 3 (B)


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







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





In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
the sea and all that is in them;
but on the seventh day he rested.
That is why the Lord has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy..
(first reading)

Lord, you have the words of everlasting life!
(responsorial)

We proclaim Christ crucified, ...
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God!
(second reading)

When Jesus was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken!
(gospel)
 I ask Jesus’ Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart.
I allow Jesus to touch me. I respond to him in my words.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for grace to appreciate better his cross as his power that recreates me and restores me in his image.








  • I ask St. Paul to present me to Jesus.










  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. I praise him for dying and rising for me;
  2. savor Jesus’ selfless love.













  • I ask Jesus for grace to appreciate better his cross as his power that recreates me and restores me in his image.











  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Give us our daily bread not only begs our triune God to provide for what I need; the words also beg God to nourish me with true power. I may need it more than I know.







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.