"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

– For the greater glory of God

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Saturday
Apr052014

Daily Meditation – How I am loved by God (Prayer on my Dossier)

As part of the introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, we consider how we are loved by God.  To this objective, consider the following condensed meditation of Prayer on my Dossier.

Jot down in a notebook or just consider in your mind the particulars of you coming into this world – the place, time, parents, etc. Next consider characteristics and qualities inherited from your parents or family such as habits, intelligence, confidence, anxiety.  Afterwards, consider your personal qualities, both those that you like and those you don’t (i.e. I’m positive, negative, energetic, sensitive, etc.).  

As you note these qualities, acknowledge them as gifts from the One who makes us.  “For all this, God chose for me within the human family; for all this, I praise and thank God.”

When finished, recite Psalm 130 – “A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call to you, LORD; Lord, hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, LORD, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered. I wait with longing for the LORD, my soul waits for his word. My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is kindness, with him is full redemption, And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.”

Finally, remember that God did not finish making me once, long ago.  Rather, I remember that God continues to make me and has hopes for me. He desires that I keep growing in love until I love as completely as he does.

- Source:  Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius - Prayer on my Dossier

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Friday
Apr042014

Daily Meditation – Giving up control and following God

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee , he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

- Mark 1:16 -20

 

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Thursday
Apr032014

Daily Meditation – Traits for Life

[Consider the following power packed words from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians. Especially, consider the guidance to give thanks and fill our hearts with gratitude ]

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, signing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

- Colossians 3: 12-17

 

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Wednesday
Apr022014

Daily Meditation - Examination of Conscience

Central to the Spiritual Exercises is the practice of the examination of conscience each day. At the end of the day (or at other times during the day as well), take a few minutes to reflect and consider the day just experienced. Look over the day. Give thanks for the big and small things. Consider all gift! What generated emotions – happy or sad? Where did you feel God’s hand at work? Where could I have followed God more closely today?

Pray for clarity to see “myself as I am” and know that God will reveal “me to myself.” Let God reveal needed changes. Express sorrow for sins. Look positively toward tomorrow.

“… that he may instruct us in his ways, that we may walk in his paths.” – Micah 4:2

- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

 

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Tuesday
Apr012014

Daily Meditation – Peace Be with You

Place yourself in the upper room, scared and confused. Take in all the surroundings and feelings of the moment when Jesus came into their midst.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."

- John 20:19-22

 

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