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- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Wednesday
Jul292015

Tools for Discernment / Decision Making

St. Ignatius focused much effort on reflecting and feeling the movement of the spirit. The following exercise assists in the decision making process.  This tool for discernment comes down to the movement of the spirit and also involves removing oneself from the situation to look at it independently and objectively.
  
For this exercise, consider a circumstance in your life for which you are discerning some action. Imagine being asked the following questions. Afterwards, be aware of how you are feeling (happy, sad, joy, anger, stress, peace, etc.). If it helps, journal afterwards.
  
The following questions were used for someone discerning a job change.
  
1.  Imagine that I came to you with the same situation and asked for advice. What would you advise me to do? 
2.  Imagine you are at the end of your life. What do you wish you had done?
3.  Put on the new job, place yourself in the position. Wear it and see how it feels.
4.  Put on your existing position, place yourself in the position. Wear it and see how it feels.
5.  Are you running away from something or toward something?
6.  Where do you feel inner peace?
  

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Daily Meditation – Take the Long View

[Consider your life and daily circumstances in the context of the “long view.” God guides our days and is fully present on a moment to moment basis.]

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

- Romans 8:29


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Monday
Jul272015

Daily Meditation – The “Matthew 6:33 Filter”

Given all that life places before us, what is our top priority? Well, we aren’t left with numerous possibilities. Jesus clearly gave us the top priority:

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things will be given you" (Matthew 6:33).

In effect, he said this is your top priority. Charles Swindoll wrote of this top priority by stating the following in his book Living Above the Level of Mediocrity. He states, “…If I am to seek first in my life God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, then whatever else I do ought to relate to that goal: where I work, with whom I spend my time…. Every decision I make ought to be filtered through the Matthew 6:33 filter: where I put my money, where and how I spend my time, what I buy, what I sell, what I give away. That means a two-pronged question needs to be asked each time: Is it for His kingdom? Does it relate to His righteousness?”

 

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Sunday
Jul262015

Daily Meditation – Rummaging for God

In May 1994, America magazine published an article by Fr. Dennis Hamm, S.J, a Jesuit priest and theologian at Creighton University . The article was titled – Rummaging for God: Praying Backward Through Your Day. In the article, Fr. Hamm gives insight into the scripture “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Ps.95). He goes on to state that this scripture “implies that the divine voice must somehow be accessible in our daily experience, for we are creatures who live one day at a time.” How so? Well, he gives a visual of rummaging through drawer full of stuff to find something. It is through this image that he describes a process for finding God in the midst of a busy day. This process is based on the daily examination of consciousness. To do so, Fr. Hamm provides the following format:

1. Pray for light or illumination as to how the Spirit of God is leading us.

2. Review the day in thanksgiving with gratitude being our whole foundation with God.

3. Review the feelings that surface in the replay of the day.

4. Choose one of those feelings (positive or negative) and pray from it.

5. Look toward tomorrow.

He also gives a mnemonic for recalling the five points: LT3F (light, thanks, feelings, focus, future).

- The above is a condensed summary of the full article. Please see the full article for further insight and application.

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Saturday
Jul252015

Daily Meditation - Fervent Prayer

"The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. Elijah was a human being like us; yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the earth produced its fruit." 

- John 5: 16-18

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Be Still | Read | Contemplate It | Listen | Dialogue | Close With Praise and Thanks

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the greater glory of God