Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 28 May 2017
Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension (A)

I pause each day for 15 minutes.
  • I rest in our triune God who creates us with our gifts and our purpose.

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

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my the ends of the earth.?
(first reading)

All you peoples, clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness!

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him!
(second reading)

Jesus: All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. ...
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age!
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart as he promised. I consider Jesus words. Do I feel Jesus present to me? Do I make myself present to Jesus? Do I feel Jesus empowering me? I chat with Jesus about these.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for grace to keep following the lead of his Spirit to be his witness.

  • I ask the disciple 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 empowering me with his Spirit to make him better known by my daily living.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to keep following the lead of his Spirit to be his witness.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. It unites me with the heart of Jesus and helps me be powerful leaven to make our world more humane.

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.