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 in a manger.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the peace that Jesus gives
1. Let yourself be with Miriam and Joseph.From Nazareth to Judea – a place where there was a census – about 160 km. Miriam was already 9 months pregnant, so this way was not easy for them. It wasn’t safe either. What could their way be? What could they experience? Miriam and Joseph had nowhere to stay. Jerusalem was crowded. At this time, Miriam begins giving birth. See, feel Joseph’s anxiety, Miriam’s anxiety. Be with them. What they felt did not block them from accepting the newborn, finding in this difficult reality a place where childbirth could take place and where they could spend the first days with their child.What is your way that you go to the goal – Fullness of life in God? What are your fears and anxieties? How do they affect your life, your decisions?
2. Stop by the manger.Look at little Jesus – the one who lies defenseless, dependent on his parents, and at the same time he is the Savior of the world, someone who has loved you to the end and gives you peace.
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)