Sunday, November 19, 2017

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 19 November 2017
33rd Sunday of the Year (A)

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

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

The value of a worthy wife is far beyond pearls!
(first reading)

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine. . .
Your children like olive plants
around your table.!

You are children of the light
and children of the day. . .alert and sober.
(second reading)

I will give you great responsibilities. 
Come, share your masters joy.
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart. I hear Jesus address me. I let his words touch me. How do I react, respond? I chat with Jesus about myself and what his words reveal to me.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for this grace: to respond more freely to his love and constant invitation to share his life and mission.

  • 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 becoming human for me; 
  2. I thank him for inviting me to share his life;
  3. I consider times I have responded to our triune God’s boundless love.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to respond more freely to his love and constant invitation to share his life and mission.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. His words, give us…our daily bread, more than ask for physical nourishment. The sustenance our triune God offers exceeds food. It nourishes us to live holy, humane, joyful, loving lives that extend Jesus’ mission of love with and for others.

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.