Monday, September 10, 2018

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 23 September 2018
Twenty-third Sunday of the Year (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.

Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not! Here is your God.
(first reading)

The God of Jacob keeps faith forever!

My brothers and sisters, show no partiality. ...
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom

that he promised to those who love him?
(second reading)

I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.

They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well. 
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I entrust myself to Jesus and ask to feel and know his friendly presence guiding me.

  • I ask Mary and my patron saint 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 him for giving me himself in his sacraments which welcome him and his life into me.

  • I entrust myself to Jesus and ask for the grace to feel and know his friendly presence guiding me.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. His words, give us this day our daily bread, remind me our triune God nourishes us to receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him..

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.