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Mt 8,23-27

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. (The Spiritual Exercises No. 46)

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See the Galilean lake surrounded on two sides by mountains. There is the boat in which Jesus is with his disciples. Suddenly, it starts storm. Disciples panic, but Jesus calmly gets up and calms down the storm, there is silence.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

  1. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves, but he was asleep.

A great storm breaks out, water falls into the boat, the wind tilts the boat from one side to the other. The disciples panic, Jesus is sleeping. Is it really possible to sleep in such conditions? Or maybe this storm is not so violent? Maybe there is no real threat? Maybe only disciples perceive the current situation as threatening their lives?

What are your storms? How do you perceive them, how do you experience them? What help do you need during a windstorm?

God also comes to you in a storm, what do you see the meaning of your life storms?

  1. Then he got up and rebuked the winds and sea; and there was a dead calm.

It seems that Jesus’ intervention and action lead to deep silence. There are rather no fireworks, Jesus’ activity may not seem spectacular and miracles may occur in our human sense. Jesus doesn’t need to create a spectacle, to be applauded. He comes in silence and rather restores normality, helps in undertaking daily hardships, responsibilities, helps accept reality as it is. How do you see Jesus’ actions in your life? Maybe his coming to the rescue is different than you expect? What intervention do you expect from Jesus? Note these situations when Jesus acts publicly in your life. See also what silence relationship with Jesus introduces into your life, how you experience this silence.

  1. Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?

Jesus’ presence with his disciples did not deprive them of fear. It is unlikely that you can live completely without fear, anxiety. However, it is important to look for what gives me a sense of security, which teaches me trust. What events teach you to trust Jesus? What / who gives you a sense of security, being cared for?

  1. Meet Jesus as much 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)

 

Mt 5,43-48

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: remember the person you like and one you dislike.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would love more

1.Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Think about what these words evoke in you? What is your consent? What do you experience in relations with those you like and what with those you perceive as your enemies? What makes you think of one person as your friend and another as an enemy?

2.You shall love you neighbor…
a) Take these words to yourself: you are your neighbor. How do you treat yourself, what do you think about yourself? Are you your enemy or friend? Look even deeper: each of us has some parts, spaces that we like, which we are proud of, happy and those we would like to get rid of. Today maybe it is worth looking at these unwanted parts in us and thinking about what they say about us, what they teach about ourselves, what they tell us about us? God accepts you as you are now. He looks at you as his most beautiful and beloved child. Look at yourself with God’s eyes as you can.

b) The word love in today’s pericope means agape love. This means that feelings that we identify with love are important, but much more our actions are important. To love the enemy means to wish him well, want good for him, not revenge. So, you don’t have to feel sublime feelings for the person you have suffered from, it’s very difficult. However, if you allow yourself experience a time of forgiveness, you can come to the point where you can say with full inner consent that you wish this person good. Search your understanding of words to love your neighbor.

3.God makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

In the world is a place for everyone, because God creates everyone. Look at the reality that surrounds you as a unit in which there is a place for every man, where there is a place for difficult and pleasant feelings, where there is a place for good and unpleasant events. Maybe it is worth merging, uniting what seems difficult to accept …

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)

 

Mt 5,13-16

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?

4. Light.

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)

Meditation J 17,1-11a

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: Today’s picture is the prayer of Jesus. Probably Jesus is praying outside, perhaps he has found a quiet place among greenery. Jesus raises his eyes to heaven and begins to pray. Be with Jesus and listen to his prayer.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to know Jesus more and more

1. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.

Jesus shows glory to his Father by fulfilling the task. If we were to ask why Jesus fulfilled the task, the answer would be: because of love. So, give glory means to show love. It seems that the only way to show love, here on earth, is to make a gesture to the person whom we want to show our love. Next, if you do something good for another person, you show the glory to God, because he lives in each of us.

Perhaps not always our first motivation is love, even in good cases. The driving force behind action can be widely understood anxiety: before an opinion on their own subject, the nervousness of relatives or friends or the need to feed our own ego.

How do you show glory to God, in what acts for loved ones it manifests itself? Think about the motivations behind your actions. Do not judge yourself, just see. Ask God to purify your intentions.

2. Jesus says that eternal life means knowing God and the Son of God. Therefore, eternal life is not something that we can achieve sometime in the future or after death. But it is a life, that we can enjoy here and now. How do you know Jesus and God? In what relationship are you with them? What can help you know God better (eg. a different form or time of prayer, changing your habits …)?

3. Look at Jesus praying to his Father. Listen to how he prays for you, as he asks God for what you need. Jesus does it because of his love to you. What feelings does Jesus’s prayer makes in yourself?

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)

 

Fall #9

I can often hear  people saying they don’t like fall. Notice today how it is a beautiful season, which God created for us. Marvel at coloured, falling leaves, rustle leaves as you step on them, wind blowing, the melody of raindrops. Smell the fall in the park, in the forest. God speaks to you through these signs. Hear him.

The short day and longer evening are given for us because of some purpouse. Do you know for what? How do you can use it for yourself, for your development, for your rest, for  to deep your relationship with others, with God? The natura has to recover in order to develop even more beautifully later. How about you?

Let yourself to go for a walk and admire fall. Search and finde God there.

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