"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Thursday
Mar272014

Daily Meditation – Principle and Foundation (1 of 3)

[The following is Part I of a three part meditation on the Principle and Foundation from the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius]

The spiritual exercises provide a system to lead a person to spiritual freedom in which they then can then make decisions based on an ordered set of values rather than any disordered desire. The trust is toward action, not just reflection. Additionally, an inner balance results such that once fundamental values are determined; a person is not distracted or led astray by contrary temptations. This inner balance is what brings the freedom to choose rightly. Just as regular physical exercise conditions the body so do spiritual exercises condition the mind and soul. The foundation for the exercises is the core base which is an ordered set of values called the “First Principle and Foundation.” It provides guidance to answer “In what context, should I base decisions and actions?”

The following is the First Principle and Foundation. For Part I, just consider the underlined text for your meditation.

                                        

 

   Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

   And the other things on the face of the earth are created for man and they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created.

   From this it follows that man is to use them as much as they help him on to his end, and ought to rid himself of them so far as they hinder him as to it.

   For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we want not health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest; desiring and choosing only that which is most conducive for us to the end for which we are created. 

                                        

 

- Consider for meditation the concept that we are created and continue to be created by God on a moment-to-moment basis through the circumstances of our daily life.

 
- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

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Wednesday
Mar262014

Daily Meditation - Letting Go

On the road of life, we inevitably hit the pot holes of life that can destroy us if we let them. This destruction is done via holding on to unforgiveness, certain attachments, or just our own selfish agenda. In this regard, consider the story of the monkey traps.

In the jungles of Africa, monkeys are captured alive and unharmed via the use of a heavy bottle with a long neck and sweet-smelling nuts within. Attracted by the scent of the nuts, the monkey sticks his hand in the bottle and grabs the nuts. Unwilling to let go of the nuts, the monkey is unable to remove his hand from the bottle. Subsequently, with the bottle being so heavy, the monkey is trapped since he can’t carry the bottle. Again, all that is needed is to just let go of the nuts. Instead, the monkey holds onto the nuts in exchange for a life of captivity.

- Let Go and Let God!


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Tuesday
Mar252014

Daily Meditation – Imitate and follow Christ

So be imitators of God,as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.

- Ephesians 5:1-2

 

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Monday
Mar242014

Daily Meditation – Christ as the example

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

- 1 Peter 2:21-24

 

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Sunday
Mar232014

Daily Meditation – Golden Rule

"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)

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