Maybe #11

At Christmas, I ran along the lake. I ran alone and did not meet any walkers. For me running is a time in which I can be alone with my thoughts, with myself, with nature, with God. This is a time when I can think about difficult things, remind nice times and sometimes it’s a time, when I get an understanding of what has not been understood before. Then at Christmas, my attention was drawn by bending, sometimes lying and submerged trees in the lake. One can think of them as poor, sick, lost, fallen trees by natural catastrophe, as sometimes people by their troubles. But you can also look differently and notice their courage to bend, almost break, to immerse yourself in the water, that will give them strength and restore life. And although the experience of contact with cold water may not be pleasant, but it can be restoring life functions, giving a different perspective, a new view of the surrounding reality. Just like difficulties for a man. They can be a moment of the highest growth, development and the failure can be the best teacher (as master Jedi says:)), but on condition, that it will be endured and reflected. So, maybe it is worth breaking up and your patterns, coming out of your warmth, even you fail,  only for this you could learn how to live the Fullness of Life.

I wish everyone courage to take the risk of Life in the coming 2018 years!

Contemplation Lk 2,1-21

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love.

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for contemplation: See the road from Nazareth to Bethlehem Mary, already in the ninth month of pregnancy, and Joseph: how they traveled, what their way was. Their wandering was caused by the census of the population ordered by Quirinius. While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have her child. Jesus comes to the world.

Ask for the fruit of contemplation: for the grace of knowing Jesus thoroughly, who became a human for me, that I would love him more and follow him more in his footsteps

1. In today’s contemplation, try to allow yourself to accompany Miriam and Joseph, see how they behave, listen to what they say.

Nazareth was in the north of Israel, and the census took place in the south – in Judea. Miriam and Joseph had to cross the road about 160 km. Mary was already in 9 months pregnant, and the road lead through the dangerous territory of Samaria. What could this way be? What was the air temperature? What could Miriam and Joseph feel? Upon reaching Bethlehem, Miriam begins to give birth. The situation is crisis – childbirth, and Miriam and Joseph have no places to stay. Feel the anxiety of Miriam, anxiety of Joseph. Be with them. Try to find yourself in this situation. Maybe you have made friends with them during the journey, be useful to them (how did your help look during the road). Now you are looking for a place and in the end you find: what does it look like? Movement is slowly starting to happen, many people is coming, shepherds. How do they behave, what do they look like, what do they say? Maybe you talk to them? Look at little Jesus, how he responds to guests, his mother, Joseph, to you. Maybe you will take a born baby in your arms? What do you feel? Remember, that this situation did not the same as you know from Christmas cards.

2. Can you think about why Jesus became a human being, what he wanted to show you, what to teach you (see other reasons than his death on the cross for your salvation)?

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar,such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54)

 

 

Christmas #10

For Christmas time I wish all good meetings with friends and family. Jesus came into the world to teach us Love and unity. Therefore, let your meetings be an opportunity to look for what connects you, to show yourself kindness and to be for the greatest Love.

Joyful celebration of Christ’s birthday!

Meditation Lk 1,5-25

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love.

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See the scene of the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist. The angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, an elderly man, during his ministry in the sanctuary of the Lord. This situation makes fear and anxiety in Zechariah. The angel sees it and tells him not to be afraid. He announces to Zacharias that his prayers have been heard: his wife will bear him a son. Zacharias is unbelievable, he needs a sign that can confirm, what is being said. This sign is: Zechariah becomes speechless and unable to talk . Where are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to submit to God’s action in my life

1. Zechariah probably have been praying for a child for many years. Now when his prayer has been heard, he feels fear. Perhaps God fulfilled the request of Zechariah, but not in time and maybe in a different way than he expected. Why? The hearing of God’s request was so surprising for Zechariah that he needed a special sign, a confirmation of the truth of God’s action. Here we can also suspect that the sign was not exactly as Zechariah would like to get. From God’s perspective, however, everything had the right place and time.
How does God’s action look in your life? What is the openness of your eyes, of your heart to see the gifts of God? What signs do you need to believe that God is with you, he cares for you as his beloved child?

2. Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home. After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived…I think it is worth remind the words of Ignatius Loyola: Pray as if everything depends on God, work as if everything depends on you. It is good to ask God for many important matters or for fulfilling whims and waiting for a great miracle sitting on the couch. What’s more, if nothing happens then we like to say: apparently, that is God’s will. But God has provided us with everything that is necessary for us to live. It is enough, as Pope Francis says, to move from the couch to the miracles start to happen. What is your courage to take specific actions in your everyday life and what is your willingness to take full responsibility for your life? Please note that Zechariah came home and then Elizabeth conceived. What actions do you take to make matters, that you ask for, have a solution?

3. Zechariah and Elisabeth will have a son who, as we can read in the gospel: will be great in the sight of the Lord (…), he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord (…), turn  the hearts of fathers towards children (…). We clearly see that John has certain tasks to perform for the glory of God. Therefore, parents are supposed to bring him up not for themselves, but so that he would be able to find God’s will in his life and to fulfill it. Each of us is unique and has specific tasks to fulfill, which no one else can do at the moment ( e.g. it can be a smile to someone who needs it now, a nice word, cooking dinner, watching a movie with family, friends, etc.) . Think about how you look at yourself, your children, other people? How do you see the uniqueness of every human being, what freedom do you give to others and yourself to be unique to live not in your way, but God’s way?

4. I encourage you to contemplate the evangelical scene. Be present in it, hear, feel, experience each and every moment more and stronger. Recognize more and more details using all your senses. Maybe one detail will keep you longer.

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The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar,such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54)

 

Meditation Mt 18,12-14

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love.

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See a hundred of sheep on a mountain pasture, the shepherd is counting his sheep and he is finding, that one has missed. He is leaving the ninety-nine and is going to search for the missing one. Finally, he finds it and returns happy with the sheep. Where are you and who are you in this picture?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for perseverance in following Jesus

1. What is your opinion?

What must the shepherd be like, what does motivate him to do a such crazy act to leave ninety- nine sheep and start to look for one missing? In what areas of your life do you behave like that? What are your motivations? What shepherd are you for your friends, family, children, for those who can not take care of themselves and for those with whom you have difficult relationships? Note that Jesus does not punished a lost sheep, he does not judge it. How do you relate to the lost people, those you do not like, those who appear to you unfavorable, those who are called the social margin? What are you doing for them?
Why did the sheep get lost? What could have led it to leave the herd, to go beyond the way to the goal? What was its obedience to the Shepherd? Why and when do you descend from the path leading to the fullness of life? What blocks you and what gives you the strength to follow the path to the goal – the Highest Good?

2. 100 sheep symbolize some kind of fullness. Lack one means imperfection. See what is your weakness? Meet with this. Invite Jesus to help you to find your limitations and bring them back to life. It means to show the positives things that you have because of these weaknesses.

3. Imagine that you are the lost sheep, that Jesus is looking for. Why does he want to find you? What do you have so special and unique in yourself, that Jesus just needs you?

4. Jesus seeks you because he loves you. What are you doing and what can you do for Christ? 

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar,such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54)

 

Meditation Lk 10,21-24

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love.

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is together with his disciples: see and hear the prayer – the conversation of Jesus to his Father, look at the disciples who are around, maybe they are listening to Jesus’s prayer, maybe they are busy with something else. After the prayer, Jesus is turning to the disciples in private and saying them, that they are happy because they see and hear. Maybe you are there too.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to know God

1. I give you praise, Father … for although … you have revealed them to the childlike.

a) Small children come to their parents to hug them, show them something, ask them, sit with them. They come, when it is difficult for them, when they are happy and they want to share something with their parents and when seemingly nothing special happens. They come, because they have an inner desire to establish a personal relationship with their parents. What does your encounter with God look like? Who are you for God and who is he for you? How do you look possibilities to meet him every day? Why do you pray or not pray?

b) Become a small child as much as you can, full of inner simplicity, openness, trust, willing to meet new people, things, discover secrets. Look at your relationship with Jesus with this childish naivety. Think about what you would like to know about him, to know him better, make friends. Ask these questions to Jesus.

2. Jesus says that blessed are the eyes that see and the ears that hear. So what are your eyes and ears? What makes you see and hear others, or do not see or hear them? What allows you to hear God’s words and see him, his action in your life?

3. Jesus rejoiced.

a) think about what gives you joy? How often do you allow yourself to be joyful?
b) Be with Jesus and enjoy your meeting together. See how you enjoy yourself, what you do, how you look at each other.

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar,such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54)