Meditation Mk 6,34-44

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See the grassland where there are no buildings. It’s getting a dusk. There is a crowd of people in this grassland. There are also Jesus with his disciples. Maybe you are there too. Disciples notice that people are hungry and they tell it to Jesus. Then Jesus tells the disciples to bring what they have to eat. Jesus prays to his father, and then the disciples give bread and fish to the gathered people.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would meet Jesus

1.As he went ashore … 

Jesus goes to a man and compassions for him, that is, he cares about him and surrounds him with his love. Jesus does not wait for a man to come to him, he takes the first step. It is also an invitation for each of us to go ashore to meet another human being. Meet another person, not on his terms, but with a man as he is, that is with his needs, weaknesses and strengths. What is your going ashore? What is your ashore?

2. The disciples approach Jesus and tell him that he will make people go, because it is getting late and people have to buy something to eat.

Disciples think in human economy, so the economy of having and gathering is close to them. Jesus uses the economy of God, that is giving what gives true saturation. It is interesting that Jesus tells his disciples to give food to the gathered people and they do not know that they have food from Jesus, which they can share with others, they do not see in themselves the bread they can give to others.What kind of economics do you use: human, to gather things around you and create a semblance of security and saturation or Divine, which allows you to live with what gives you real saturation? What is your bread that you can share with others? If you can not see it yet, ask Jesus for help.

3. Jesus, while praying, looked up at the sky, that is, he raised his gaze.Now, look up to see the eyes of Jesus who comes to you. He goes ashore to meet you and fill you with his food. You only have to look at Jesus, so look at him, look into his eyes as you can.  

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)

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Meditation Mt 1,18-24

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Joseph sleeps in his home, maybe a little anxiously, because it is a difficult time for him. He decided, that he would leave Mary because she was pregnant. And he is not the Father of the child. See how the angel comes to him in the dream and tells him to stay with Mary and the child she will give birth.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I may be guided by the greater glory of God in my choices 

1.     Joseph …  was unwilling to expose her to public disgraceThe situation of Joseph seems unenviable. He plans to marry Mary, and at the time he learns that she is pregnant. How could he feel? Presumably he has the difficult feelings, for instance: anger, regret… Still, he does not want to defame, that is, he does not want to denigrate, spoil the reputation of Mary, but he wants to save her as a man. It seems that he can separate a person from an act (although here, of course, Mary did nothing wrong, but Joseph did not know about it yet). More, Joseph finally accepts her. The most important thing for him was the greater glory of God.How do you live and how do you behave in difficult times in relationships with others? What is your party to the other person? What are you with Joseph?

2.     Emmanuel means “God is with us”.God is with us and in each of us. Look at yourself, your loved ones, your husband, your wife, children as those in whom God is. In this last week of Advent, take care of relationships at home, at work. Maybe this year pre-Christmas preparations will be more focused on creating a warm atmosphere, awakening love that somewhere dims in a thousand different duties. Maybe the preparation for the holidays will mean that you and your family will go to the ice rink, that you will make a common conversation, and you and your family will watch a film together. See what do you need to vacuum and clean in your family before Christmas?

3.     Meet with Joseph and Mary. Be with them as you can. What does this meeting teach you?

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 13,18-21

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 Lordthat all my intentionsand actions may be directed purelyto the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty. (The Spiritual Exercises No.46)

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Imagine a garden. There is a gardener in this garden. He’s holding a tiny mustard seed in his hand. He plants them in the ground. He comes every day to see how it grows, if needed watering them. The seed begins to germinate, the stem, leaves appear. The plant grows larger and reaches a height of about 3 meters. It becomes a tree where birds nest their nests. Maybe you are the gardener?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to grow for the kingdom of God

  1. A large three and sometimes even a four-meter tree can grow from a tiny mustard seed. In our life, too, small steps create one large step. Therefore, it is important for us to make small changes that affect our development for the greater glory of God. Our changes affect others change. It is easy to care for planted grains, plants, even for others, but it is much harder to change something in yourself. What positive changes have you made recently and what can you do today to increase even more to the Fullness of Life in God?
  2. You have a mustard seed in you. How do you take care of it so that a huge tree can grow out of it? It is important that this tree should serve others. It should be a place, where others can feel safe because they are accepted as they are. They can twist the nests they want. What kind of tree are you for others?
  3. What is the kingdom of God for you? How do you understand it?
  4. Look what moved you in today’s prayer. Be with it and talk to Jesus about it.

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 Mt 18,1-5.10

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is in Capernaum, a settlement of several thousand inhabitants, situated on the Lake of ​​Galilee, near the estuary of the Jordan. Disciples come to Jesus with the question: who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus calls the child, puts him between them and begins to explain. Maybe you are there too.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I find my value in God

1.     Disciples often discuss their dignity, being the greatest and most important in the kingdom of God. They are looking for confirmation of their value. However, they do not get a simple answer from Jesus. Earthly honors do not mean honors with God. Perhaps it was not easy for them to accept such a truth.Maybe you are also looking for an answer to the question that the disciples asked Jesus, you also need confirmation of your greatness. How and where do you look for your value? What does it mean to be the greatest for you and what for Jesus?

2.     Take care that you do not despite one of these little ones; …Ask yourself who you think is little one. Perhaps you think about homeless, the poor, the needy. However, it seems easy to feel compassion for them and help them easily. Perhaps it is also because this help is connected with material and financial support. See who is the little one for you, about whom it is difficult for you to think well, with whom it is difficult to talk to and to whom you may feel reluctance. Maybe you are this little one. Give your beloved a goodness, a smile and a gentle look.

3.     … unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…Look for a child who is spontaneous, simple, who can cry and laugh, which he trusts and thanks for everything he gets. This child has its own needs, he is easy to hurt, he has its desires and dreams, he experiences frustrations. In everything, however, he is sincere, without masks. Ask your inner child what he needs. Do something good for your inner child.

4.     Stand before Jesus like a child. Be with Jesus, talk … as you can.

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 4,31-37

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 Lordthat all my intentionsand actions may be directed purelyto the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty
Fixing a place, a picture for meditation:It is the sabbath, a day off work. Jesus is in the synagogue at Capernaum. He is teaching people who have come to hear Him. Suddenly a man’s cry is heard. He is accuses Jesus of having come to destroy them. Jesus recognizes the demon in this man and commands him to come out of the man. Try to see the amazement of people seeing this miracle. Let yourself be at this event in the synagogue.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: Jesus, please change my heart

1.     (…) and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. The word of Jesus is full of authority. God gives us a different word every day in the liturgy of readings of the day. This Word is full of power, it is an indication of what we should look for in a given day, what we should relate to and what kind of word we should live. This is a very specific word that God sends to us every day. It changes your heart, makes a miracle in your life. All you need to do is take the Gospel in your hand every morning or day earlier in the evening and slowly read it.Which Word from today’s fragment changes your heart, moves you? What is it encouraging you?

2.     The healing that Jesus is doing today takes place on the Sabbath. It is for a man possessed by liberation, getting a rest that allows him to re-open himself to God, and thus gives strength to a new life.                                                                                                                                                                          This mentioned rest is also very important for us. It is a time of recuperating, changing our perception of difficulties and at the same time gathering energy for further work for the glory of God. How do you take care of your rest? How do you let Jesus heal on your Sabbath time? What’s the rest for you? Do you take care of your family  rest, which will change your relationship?

3.     Thank Jesus for the miracles (what?) That he has done for you today.

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 Mt 14, 22-36

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: It is the evening at Gennesaret. There are Jesus with his disciples. You can also see the dismissing crowd after the meeting Jesus. Desciples get into the boat to cross the lake, just as Jesus recommended. He will get there later. First, Jesus go upon the mountain by himself to pray to his Father. The boat is far from the shore. It’s night. The wind breaks, waves are growing on the lake. Desciples start to worry, they feel anxiety. Suddenly, they see a figure walking to them on the lake. They are not sure if it’s Jesus or a ghost. Jesus calls Peter and he go out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. He suddenly begins to sink. Jesus stretch out his hand and saves Peter. Maybe you’re there too … Who are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my trust in Jesus

1. Jesus goes upon the mountain to pray, to meet his Father. He needs a place to be alone with God, his Father. Look at Jesus, at his prayer. Allow yourself to accompany Jesus in this meeting, in his prayer. Feel the deep relation of love between Father and Son. What can you learn from Jesus in this situation?

2. Wind, waves, night … the calm of disciples is disturbed. There is fear, anxiety. Jesus does not leave his disciples, he is close to them. You also feel fear and anxiety during your storms. However, each storm is a special teacher. What was the role of difficult situations in your development? Did you see Jesus then, his presence? In what particular way did you feel his help?

3. Peter goes to Jesus on the water. As long as he is looking at his face, he can go. He starts to sink when he begins to lose sight of him and focus on fear. The goal, the meaning of life is the driving force of our actions. What is the sense of your life? What do you live for?

4. Today Jesus invites you to leave your boat. What is your boat and what does Jesus invite you to? How will you respond to his invitation?   

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 Mt 13,36-43

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 whole world. This world is a soil ready to receive seeds. Therefore, Jesus spreads the seeds all over the soil. Then you can see how he cares for them: watering, giving the sun, fertilizing when needed. The seeds begin to germinate, green stems and leaves grow, until the plants start to bear fruit. See this scene through your eyes of the imagination, smell plants, taste of fruit.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: if I were the seed, which would give a food, taste fruits

  1. See yourself as the seed that Jesus sowed in the best soil for which he still cares for love. See how he cares about you – what exactly he does, because he knows that no other seed is able to give the same fruits as you. So you are unique and special to him.
  2. Everyday you give fruits – think about what you do with them: you keep for yourself, share with others or is it difficult for you to see them? You can ask for the grace of open eyes that will help you see your fruits.
  3. Whoever has ears ought to hear. I encourage you to listen during this holiday time. If you are by the sea – listen to its noise, if you are in the mountains – listen to the silence of the mountains, if you are in the city – listen to the noises of the city … Just listen, you may be surprised how much you hear. Good luck!

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 Mt 11,20-24

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 standing among a crowd of people in the town square. He is talking to them about the pain he feels because the mighty deeds had been done but people had not repented. See sadness on Jesus’ face, maybe anger. Feel his bitterness. Look at people how they look and react to Jesus’ words. Try to find yourself in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

1. Jesus makes reproaches to towns that they did not repent, that they did not changed their way of thinking. How do you change your way of thinking? In what spaces do you need a change? What reluctances do you have to do a change? What can give you the courage to take a step forward?

2. For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom….

Each of us receives gifts and favors from God every day. Today Jesus encourages us to use the goods received and share them with others. Saint Ignatius of Loyola gave us the examen prayer, which helps us see God’s gifts we receive each day. The first point of this prayer is to stand in the presence of God and gratitude for God’s gifts. See what miracles did Jesus do in your life today? What gifts did you get from him and what did you do with them? How did you use them and share with others?

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 J 20, 24-29

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: The disciples are in the upper room. They tell Thomas about the appearance of Jesus. Thomas does not want to believe in their report, he needs a sign. At some moment Jesus enters the upper room, although the doors were locked. He lets Thomas touch his wounds. Thomas recognizes his Lord and God in Jesus. And where are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for deep trust in Christ 

1. Jesus came, although the doors were locked

Sometimes it may seem to us that we are experiencing the absence of God. Especially in situations where there are many difficulties, when we feel emptiness, when we look at human poverty. But Jesus is present. He comes despite closed doors to our hearts. He gives his presence – a precious gift. Can you give something more to the other person than yourself? What results for you from the presence of Jesus next to you? What does the presence cause in you? What is your presence for your relatives, for God?

2. Jesus allows Thomas to touch his wounds. You also receive the gift of intimacy with a wounded God. It is an expression of Jesus’ great trust. See how difficult it is to show you your wounds to the other person, how much more difficult is to let them to touch the wounds. Jesus lets you touch his wounds. What does this mean to you? How does it affect your relationship with him, the perception of yourself, others?

3. Look to Jesus, and if you would like you can speak as Thomas: my Lord and my God. Be in the presence of Jesus as you can.

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)

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I recommend the conference of Gail Dines about the pornographic industry #12

I recommend the  conference of Gail Dines – a world-famous propagator of knowledge about the negative effects of the pornographic industry. It is not only worth listening, but also to reflect on the influence of porn on your perception of yourself and others, the impact on your relationships. I encourage you to look at yourself and your children and think about how to grow through your sexuality in a healthy and beautiful way.