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 teaches disciples how to pray. See where they are, maybe someone accompanies them. Maybe you are with them …
Ask for the fruit of meditation: let me trust God more and more
1.And in praying do not babble … that they will be heard because of their many words … Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
The above words say what kind of relationship God wants with us and how much He knows us and our needs, and that I do not have to make any effort to talk about all the shortcomings and needs. I can let myself just be and experience His presence. Not because of my words, I will be heard, and not because of my merits, but because I am His beloved child. Or maybe God also wants to be heard, understood, maybe He does not want to be only a <<fulfiller>>, <<satter>> of my demands and needs. Maybe He also wants my attention, my presence, my listening…See what is your prayer? Maybe now in the Lent it is worth verifying your prayer, your motivations – why do you pray, what is your perseverance and regularity in prayer …
Our prayer, spoken very consciously, can arouse various emotions in us, not necessarily those which we would call pleasant. They can be difficult to accept completely, among others words: Thy will be done (we want to, but we are nervous if our plans do not go out), give us our daily bread today (does it sometimes seem to us that we get a different bread than we need?). Only by learning more and more trust can we feel greater and greater consent to the prayers contained in our Father’s prayer. Take a look at yourself as you say the words of this prayer: what do they give birth to you, what do they say about your trust in him?
3. If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
Forgiveness is a difficult topic for most of us and is often confused with oblivion. To forgive, however, does not mean to forget, but to accept the fact that I have been hurt. To forgive means to decide that I will no longer cherish my wrong and that I may be able to wish the culprit well. But look at yourself today, because perhaps the most difficult thing is to forgive yourself. You have confessed, you know that God has forgiven you, but you still bear the guilt. Forgiving yourself and others gives you freedom, gives you the opportunity not to stay stuck in the past, but to be in the present and make a step towards the future.If you find it difficult to forgive yourself or others, arouse in yourself today a desire to forgive.
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)