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J 1,47-51

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 a fig tree under which Nathanael stands, perhaps reading the Word of the Lord (the Israelites were reading the scriptures under the fig trees) and thinking that it is invisible. Jesus is not far away, watching and seeing Nathanael.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the purity of my motivations

 

1. There is no duplicity in him.

Jesus greets Nathanael with beautiful words: this is a true Israelite in whom there is no duplicity. So, Nathanael does not use tricks or deceptions in his life, in relationships, to deceive someone, or, looking from the other side in an unfair way some benefits for himself. So, what is he guided by? In the broadest terms, it is probably the greater good.What are you guided by in your actions? What are your motivations? How do you ensure that the one  – the greater good stands out among the many motivations?

2. How do you know me? …Before … I saw you …

Jesus saw Nathanael before Philip called him, as he stood under the fig tree and did not expect anyone to see him. Nathanael was surprised, amazed that Jesus had known him well before the described meeting.

What does it do in you, make you aware that Jesus knows you from the very beginning of your existence and knows well what you think, feel, what is happening inside you and that you are visible to him at every place and time?

3. Calling.

Jesus calls Nathaneal as his disciple. The word calling may cause us some confusion, anxiety, questions: what is my vocation, is it in accordance with God’s will? There are also greater callings: to life in marriage, priesthood, … and the smaller, equally important ones, which concern our everyday life, work and life in the place where we are. To be someone of calling is to do something passionately, in accordance with your desires and with the greater glory of God. It does not mean that we will not experience difficulties, that there will be no moments of doubt and discouragement, but they will not prevent us from feeling happy in what we do.Discover your desires … discover your daily callings in your relationships, at home, at work …

 

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)

Lk 8,19-21

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 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 image from the Gospel as Mary and relatives come to Jesus and because of the crowd they can not see Him immediately. Be present in this scene

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would notice changes in myself and in my life

 

  1. standing outside, wanting to sees you

Reading today’s Word you can feel some disagreement, maybe even anger at the way Jesus treated Mary and his relatives. It would seem that loved ones should have priority in meeting him. Perhaps Mary and relatives were surprised by this situation. Perhaps they looked at Jesus differently. This distance that was kept could help them in this. Sometimes you need to look at yourself, others, different situations from a distance to see what is imperceptible when we are too close. We can see something different when we look at the meeting of two people from the outside and something else when we participate in it, we see something different when we look at the clothes on the hanger and when we wear them. Sometimes you have to move away from yourself, from others, from different things, to be able to miss and want to meet again. Maybe stand today some distance to yourself, your loved ones, to God: what do you see from this perspective? What changes do you notice?

  1. The crowd.

The mother and brothers of Jesus cannot meet him because of a crowd of people. Sometimes the crowd interferes us with meeting Jesus. This crowd also interferes with meeting yourself and reading your desires. This crowd can be our obsessive thoughts, fears, our beliefs, patterns, our pursuit of work, of duty. What is the crowd that hinders you from meeting Jesus?

Jesus does not chase away the crowed. What are you doing with the crowd? Maybe it needn’t be an obstacle … Meet with yourself, with your feelings and desires. Meet Jesus.

  1. About changing to your reflection from Ignatius of Loyola (A Pilgrim’s Journey, p.52-52):

Ignatius told his brother: “You are aware, my Lord, that the Duke of Najera knows that I am again well. It would be good for me to go to Navarrete.” (…) His brother led him from room to room and with much love for him pleaded with him not to throw his life away, but to acknowledge the great hopes people had placed in him and to see what he could make of himself. These and others similar arguments were all directed to dissuade him from his good desire, but without departing from the truth, for he was now very scrupulous about that, he answered in. a way that enabled him to leave his brother.

 

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)

 

J 19,25-27

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

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See Golgotha, the place where Jesus died. Jesus is hanging on the cross, and next to him there are two more crosses to which the criminals are nailed. Near the dying Jesus stand: John, four women, one of them is Mary.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I become more attentive to the needs of others and myself

 

  1. Near the cross of Jesus stood …

To stand next to someone means to want to give your support, help. This attitude is the result of love for the other person whom we want to accompany in every moment of life, at the good time and the difficult. Being with someone to the end requires us to be faithful, repeatedly shifting our attention from ourselves to another person. In a difficult situation, we also need courage to look at the suffering of our loved ones. To stand by someone means to be with someone, to be present at that moment with that person not only physically but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes you can be closer to someone geographically separated from you than someone who lives with you in the same house. In the above context, it may seem that we should be closest to ourselves, but we often run away from ourselves. How are you with your loved ones, how do you stand by them? How close are you to yourself? What kind of support do you give to others and yourself?

 

  1. When Jesus saw his motherthere, and the disciple whom he loved…

Notice that, when Jesus was dying, he saw those who were with him. Despite his suffering and pain, he saw those who wanted to be with him. It can be said that Jesus sees every human being all the time, cares for each of us all the time: when we have a pleasant time, when we are faced with difficulties and when we sin. It is important that we have a desire to live with Jesus, to include him in our everyday life. It means we desire to seek what will bring more God’s glory in our lives and more goods.Think about your view of others? How do you experience seeing yourself through others? How do you look at yourself?

 

3.Woman, here is your son (…) Here is your mother.

When Jesus is dying, he leaves his testament: he tells Mary to see his beloved disciple as her son, and he tells the disciple to see his mother in Mary. He tells each of us that Mary is our mother. Going further, it means that Jesus is our brother and he wants each of us to feel looked after by him and Mary. Look at your relationship with Mary and Jesus: who are they to you, how do you feel in this relationship?

 

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 1,1-16.18-23

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 your family, a photo of someone from your past

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the courage to live with Christ and for the complete acceptance of what is my history (if it is difficult ask for the desire to accept what is your history) 

 

1.     My history

Perhaps the meditated passage makes no sense to you at first sight. However, it is worth looking deeper to see that the family of Jesus is not sacred in the human sense. It is still a history of salvation. God is everywhere and works through everyone. The story of Jesus’ family is marked by the sin and deceitfulness of their ancestors (remember the story of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, with whom he had children or story of the prostitutes Rahab). Jesus’ ancestors were also people who were not perfectly alive and today we can say they had difficulty obeying God’s 10 commandments. Jesus was not born in the palace, but in a manger. This story gives us a lot of hope that our families are also marked by sin, difficulties, that we have our fears, fears for our children and the future. All this does not bother God, His Presence in our lives.Look at your family history – remember the names, events, and see that everything that was, even if it seems difficult, has affected you today and you can be alive today.

2.      Salvation, reconciliation

The family history from the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew shows that everything that happened led to Jesus, to salvation. Christ came to reconcile the world to save, not to throw away somethingLook inside yourself: what is going to God in you and what is not going to God. How can you reconcile and save everything that is within you so that it can serve together for the greater glory of God?

3.     Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace …

Joseph found himself in a difficult situation, unenviable. He could feel betrayed, cheated by Mary. Still, he does not want to expose her to public disgrace. So, he is looking for a way out of this situation, to provide Mary with respect, save her as a human being. Joseph gives us a beautiful example of realizing the commandment of love.In different life situations we also have the right to feel anger, regret, feel betrayed, but we should let us keep our dignity to the other person. How do you deal with such situations? How do you accept another person? What does Joseph teach you today?On the other hand, let us note that despite Joseph’s first assumption of betrayal of Mary, it turns out that the situation is different. The thought that arises in us doesn’t always good.  What is your ability to explain misunderstandings to others and yourself? How do you verify the truth of your thoughts?

4.     For reflection…

… phrase of Ignatius Loyola: He who makes a mistake, let him not be spirited, because mistakes help for the health of the soul. (St. Ignatius encourages reflection, drawing conclusions and constant openness to God’s action.)

 

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)

 

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 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: Synagogue at Capernaum. See the place where people are standing, where they are sitting, where is the place to chair. Maybe you are there.

 

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I may always seek God in my life

 

  1. and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority.

The word of Jesus is full of power and his teaching is astonishing. It is interesting that what Jesus says amazes people. What might amaze them about Jesus’ teaching? How do people gathered in the Synagogue feel the power of Jesus’ words? Think about what Jesus amazes you? Why? What causes the word that God addresses to you in the readings of the liturgy of the day, in silence, through other people, various events?

Following this question, let us notice that not only Jesus’ words but all words we say have some kind of power. They evoke specific feelings in those who hear them. Words can give you hope, they make you feel accepted, loved, rejected, hurt, they can evoke anger, emotion, joy, etc. What importance do you attach to the words you say? How do you take care of understanding what you say?

 

  1. Be quiet! Come out of him!

After these words of Jesus, the Evil Spirit throws the man with the spirit of unclean demon into the center and comes out of him without doing him any harm. See the advantage of Jesus over the Evil Spirit who obeys Jesus. It can be said that if we are close to Jesus, in a constant relationship with him, the Evil Spirit will not hurt us. Jesus has tremendous power to protect people who want to live their lives with God. This does not rule out our weakness or our sinfulness. So it is important for each of us to focus our attention on Jesus, to look for God in our lives, because He gives us strength and life. Ask yourself: who are you looking for in your everyday life: the Evil Spirit or God? goods, empowerments, peace or bad, what hurts you?

 

3. St. Ignatius of Loyola says: seek and find God in everything.

In what, in whom and where do you seek and finde God in your everyday life?

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 23,23-26

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 the mug. It is clean outside and dirty inside.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: return to the ask for the Grace, stay with it for a moment 

 

1. … have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith

Think about what justice, being righteous, mercy, being merciful, faith and being a believer mean to you. How can you recognize that someone is just, merciful and believer? Think about what is most important to you, what values (list 3-4 values) do you follow in your life?

2.   For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

Jesus speaks hard words to the Pharisees, shows them their hypocrisy, dishonesty, superficiality and excessive care for the external image. This is not Jesus’ attitude. The most important things happen inside the man, there are his motivations for action. If I help someone, I need to know why: whether to get praise, to be appreciated or because I want someone to be better, easier, I want to contribute to the creation of a greater good. The first action, i.e. taking care of your image (although this is important) is often based on anxiety, fear that I will fall out badly, what others will think about me. The second is on a purer desire to save the good of another human being. Both motivations can occur together, but notice which is the main driver of your action.Similarly, with religious practices – they are to flow from our relationship with God, they are an external sign of this relationship, it should bring me closer to God, that I have a feeling of growing bond with Him. How often we pray because we are afraid that we will commit a sin if we do not take care of prayer, or even worse – we will be punished for it. But can such motivation deepen our relationship with God?See what is behind your actions: fear or desire for greater good?

3.   Look at yourself with God’s eyes, that is, with love and gentleness.

The experience of love, being loved changes us, changes our motivations, changes our attitude towards ourselves and other people. Stay in this experience the way 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 19,23-30

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 a camel who wants to go through the ear in the needle and a rich man, hung with various riches, who wants to go through the gate leading to a beautiful garden – a symbol of the Kingdom of God. See if they can get through, what they can do to fit in this gate. Maybe you are with them?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to be able to free myself from dependencies that prevent me from experiencing God’s love more 

 

1.     Attachment.

In the periscope there are two important sentences for me : …it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God, and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields because for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life.I wonder why it is easier for a camel with 1 or 2 humps to pass through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God? At first glance, it may seem absurd, but if we allow ourselves a light analysis, we can see that the humps, that a camel has, are something natural, they are part of its structure. They contain fat that camels burn to provide the energy and metabolic water they need to live in a killer equatorial climate. Simply, the camel would not survive without them. And the rich man? How a rich man can Jesus talk about? It seems especially when we look at the second-quoted sentence that it is about a man who is attached to his riches: broadly understood material, intangible goods (e.g. knowledge) and people. Often, this accumulation takes the form of addiction, i.e. I have to earn and therefore work more and more so that I do not accidentally lower my standard of living, I must always drink coffee in the morning, otherwise my head will hurt, I must know what my husband or wife will do to feel safe. These are examples. Each of us has our own different attachments, which somehow desire us. So, we become their slaves. Christ encourages us to let go of these attachments because they prevent us from experiencing God’s freedom and love fully. You don’t have to deserve God’s love, you are valuable to Him just by giving you life. The point is not to give up all knowledge and material goods, but to be able to use them as much as they help us draw close to God. That is why St. Ignatius in point 1 of The Spiritual Exercises , writes: … every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all the disordered tendencies, and, after it is rid, to seek and find the Divine Will as to the management of one’s life for the salvation of the soul, is called a Spiritual Exercise. Take a look today at your various dependencies. See how you feel about them, which ones lead you to life, and which block you from it, take your life force away. What will you do to enter the process of freeing yourself from blocking, disordered attachments?

 

2.     Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?

These are Piotr’s words. He left everything and is afraid that he will have nothing for it. It is a kind of fear that my work, my dedication, my commitment will not be noticed, appreciated. What are your motivations, expectations in your actions and relationships?

 

3.     For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.

Those are hopeful words. Sometimes, from a human point of view, something may seem unattainable, pointless, incomprehensible, but God may see it differently, and good can arise from any situation. What do these words mean to you? How do you experience them?

 

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 18,1-5.10.12-14

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 mountain landscape: peaks, valleys, meadows. There is a shepherd with his sheep in the mountains. The shepherd notices that one of the sheep is missing. He is going and looking for it and finding it. Feel his joy at finding the sheep.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: let me accept with love myself as I am now, just as God accepts and loves me 

1. Search and find.

The shepherd loses one of his 100 sheep, so he leaves everything to find it. The whole flock consists of 100 sheep. Maybe the lost sheep was, if it was unruly, disobedient. But it is still needed, because the shepherd goes to look for her.I think that each of us has such experience in our lives that we really longed for a part of us to be lost, a part which it doesn’t like, which creates difficulties. It is worth finding this lost part. God comes to us through this part, for some reason it is important, it says something to us. It also creates us. Without it, we become scrapped like a flock of 99 sheep. St. Ignatius of Loyola says: If you find you have fallen, do not despair; even falls are in to well-being. What part of you have you lost that you do not accept? Find it, save it and unite it. 

2. …unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

What does it mean to become like a child? What’s the child like? The child is usually active, creative, assertive (knows how to say, shows what he wants and say no), spontaneous, trusting, sensitive, can show emotions (child is happy, can cry, feels sad, angry), can be in the here and now ( young children rather don’t think about the past or about the future), a child is also curious about the world.What kind of child are you? What features are covered with a mask and what do you need it for?Look for a child who is spontaneous, who can cry and laugh, who trusts and thanks for everything he gets. This child has his needs, it is easy to hurt, he has his desires and dreams, he experiences frustration. In everything, however, he is honest, without masks. Allow yourself to experience what is happening inside you now, to feel the tastes that life brings. If you feel sadness, feel it, if you feel anger, feel it, if you feel joy, feel it. Be in here and now – when you drink tea, feel its smell and taste, when you eat, feel the taste of this dish. 

3. Meeting.

Maybe now Jesus comes to you, looking for you like this lost sheep, because he needs you and love you. Meet 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)

Mt 15,1-2.10-14

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 man (you can see yourself), notice his eyes, mouth, ears, hands … different parts of the body

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the grace of being mindful in life

  1. Hear and understand.

These are the words of Jesus. Hear and understand does not always seem the same. You can listen and interpret the words you hear by yourself, or not hear what the other person is saying at all. We hear through our filters, our beliefs, our previous experiences, through the emotions we feel at the moment. Understanding requires us to take a distance from ourselves, to go out to the other, to look at reality through his eyes.

How do I listen to and understand God, other people, myself?

  1. what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one

In the next part of the pericope, Jesus draws our attention to our speech, language, gestures, facial expressions, the whole-body posture, i.e. non-verbal speech. We do not have to show our anger with a raised tone, sometimes a sharp look is enough. Likewise, we can show sympathy with a gentle look and cannot say a word. How do I say, what comes out of my mouth? It is also important to ask yourself the question: why am I saying something, what do I want to get?

  1. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.

It can be said that Jesus refers to another of our sense – sight. This sentence is not about a disease of blindness, but rather about a blindness that prevents you from seeing reality as it is. Our thoughts can go to the future, to the past, our imagination can give us thousands of images, dialogues that have nothing to do with what the present moment brings. We often see how we want to see, perhaps we have been taught to see. Jesus says that the blind falls into the pit, and he may fall, because he simply does not notice it, because of his thought patterns, old and perhaps now unnecessary beliefs. Verify what influences your perception of reality, the other person, yourself. What makes you blind?

4. Exercise

I invite you to look around you, in the place where you are: what you see (try not to interpret, i.e. not to give value to the things you notice in the style of: nice, ugly ..), what you hear now, what you are touching (e.g. the armchair on which you are sitting). Or you can go for a walk and notice everything you meet. Be careful 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 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: that I would seek and find God in everything

In this passage of the gospel, Jesus explains to his disciples the parable of the weed. Good seed is sown in the world by God – means the sons of the kingdom and the weed sown by the Devil. Each of us can grow wheat – something that is life-giving, brings good fruit or a weed that does not seem good. The weed grows among cereals and is poisonous, although it is deceptively similar to the stalks of wheat. You have to be extremely careful not to confuse good grains with bad ones. Therefore, the process of discernment is very important: what I choose, why and what fruit has my choice brings. Note that God allows both good grain and bad to grow, there is room for everyone. This, among others, manifests God’s logic of salvation. God is not guided by the logic of condemnation, which is so often close to us. God gives everyone the chance to choose a good grain that gives freedom and brings them closer to God. What is your choice? What does your discernment process look like?

Saint from the Basque country, knight and pilgrim, apostle and mystic who sought God in his experiences with all his heart (1), he had an adventure in his way, which he talks about in order to better understand how our Lord dealt with this blind soul yet although animated by the great desires of serving God in a way that is already known and considered good by braces. So, he decided to practice great mortifications (…). And so, when he recalled some penance which the saints did, he decided to do it too, and even more. (…) He did not pay attention to any internal things, nor did he understand what humility or love or patience or prudence is, which guides these virtues and keeps them to the proper extent. (2)

The aforementioned knight is Saint Ignacy Loyola (his feast is 31th July). A very real man who has various internal difficulties, including his emotions, but also a man with a great desire to seek and find God. He was not perfect, without flaws, but many times, we could say, in a foolish way, he sought the will of God. For example, during a trip to Montserrat he met Maur, with whom he talked about the virginity of Mary. He did not agree with him, he even wanted to stab him. The mule, on which he traveled, saved the case. Ignatius then said to himself: If the mule goes to the village, he will search for Maua and blow him with a dagger; if it sticks to the main road, it will leave him alone (Autobiography, p.16). Mulica stayed on the main road, so Maur survived. It was the beginnings of Ignacy’s discernment. Later, he knew that when making choices, one should not look for magical signs, or throw in more and more penance practices to win God’s friendship, but ask himself the most important questions: what more is the greater glory of God (AMDG – for greater glory of God) why I am doing something or not doing what I am using and for how much, and from what I should not use, to be closer to God (tantum quantum – as much as I can). Do not we sometimes often live in a world of our own illusions and delusions that do not bring us closer to God, but bring us nervousness and fear? These delusions, illusions may be: the more I pray, the more graces I will ask, the ones that I think are good, or the more I make mortifications, the better I will be a man, if I escaped the bus, I certainly would not go … What do you bring to your decisions and actions: greater peace or fear? Peace gives what comes from God and it is worth following. What are your illusions and delusions? Verify them, what can you change? What gives you inner peace and allows you to breathe freely?

See also – what fruits you bring? What are your desires? How does the principle ad maiorem dei gloriam work in your life: for the greater glory of God? Look today at your life, your loved ones, the world in which you live, guided by the logic of saving and reconciliation.

Remember that you are the seed God cares for each day. Every day he gives you a new chance to live more for his greater glory.

  1. Kotlewski SJ, with a generous heart and a fiery Love. On the Ignatian mysticism, Rhetos, Warsaw 2005, pp. 11-12
  2. Ignacy Loyola, The Tale of the Pilgrim. Autobiography., WAM, Kraków 2002, pp. 39-40

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)