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: Imagine your home, the room. There is a lamp. It’s evening. You can light the lamp and notice what you can see thanks to the light. Feel the warmth of light, its glow.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to be the salt of the earth and light for others
1. You are the salt of the earth.
Jesus addresses these words to us, calls us the salt of the earth. What does it mean for you? Note that salt cleanses, gives flavor, preserves, enhances the qualities of dishes. What would a soup without salt taste like? It might seem bland, unpalatable. So, it is a very important ingredient, giving and extracting taste from it. Jesus calls you salt, so, he tells you how important you are. What does this mean to you, what do these words cause to you? What taste do you give your life? What taste do you give to others?
2. …if salt loses its taste…
Salt may lose its taste if it is not properly cared for and stored. We are salt and we should take care of our taste. How do you take care of your taste? What makes your taste more attractive? Where are you looking for what shapes your taste? How does your relationship with Jesus affect your taste?
3. … a lamp… is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world and that we give light to others. The lamp illuminates the darkness, allows you to see what you cannot see in the dark, illuminates the path you follow, allows you to be on the right path, avoids getting lost. It seems, however, that it cannot dazzle. The light must be appropriate for the person who uses it. It should help to go the way, to go through life. What light do you shine for others? What is the light that you give to your loved ones in their and your everyday life?
In our lives, we are alternately touched by consolation and distress, if they relate to our faith, relationship with God, we talks about consolation and spiritual distress. Both states are normal and natural. Consolation can be called a state in which we see light, in which we feel safe, we feel loved. During distress, it is difficult for us to see the light, we can feel lonely and lost. Think about what could be the reason for this condition, what can you learn about yourself from this difficulty? See also what is light for you, what helps you go through the time of distress, what gives you strength and encouragement? Everything you discover can be an important tool for a time that is hard for 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)