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Day to day Guide: 8-days Ignatian Retreat

 

Day 8    Resurrecting with and Placing our Hopes in the Resurrected Christ

DAY82

Theme: The Resurrection

Grace:My Lord Jesus, I beg for the grace of overwhelming joy and rejoicing, knowing well that through your resurrection you have conquered sin, evil and death itself and that in God’s own time—all shall be well.

Scriptural Readings:

  • Salubong
  • Jn 20: 1-10/ Jn 20: 11-18 (Mary Magdalene)
  • Lk 24: 13-35 (Emmaus Story)
  • Jn 21:1-19 (“Do you love me more than these?”)
  • 1 Peter: 3-9 (Hope in the Resurrected Christ)
  • Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis on Consecrated Life

Points for Prayer and Reflection:

  • Do a contemplation on the Easter story on Mary Magdalene (Imagine the tomb area and enter prayerfully into the Gospel scene, beholding the place, Mary Magdalene, the angels, Jesus there)
  • What do you see, hear, touch, feel, taste?
  • Spend time going into the details of this part of our Lord’s resurrection and slowly, in the end, focus on him and gaze lovingly at his face.
  • Do a contemplation on the Easter Story taking the Emmaus story. (Imagine Emmaus and enter prayerfully into the Gospel scene, beholding the place and the disciples there with Jesus.)
  • What do you see, hear, smell, touch, taste?
  • Spend time going into the details of this part of our Lord’s resurrection and slowly, in the end, focus on him and gaze lovingly at his face.
  • Right now, in what areas in your life do you find yourself continually complaining and despairing?
  • Why these areas in particular?
  • What do you think you need to do to shift, from doubt to faith, discouragement to hope, desolation to consolation?
  • Do a contemplation/meditation on the appearance of the Resurrected Christ at the Sea of Tiberias. Enter the Gospel scene prayerfully.
  • What do you see, hear, touch, feel, taste?
  • Spend time going into the details of this part of our Lord’s resurrection and slowly, in the end, focus on him and gaze lovingly at his face.
  • “Love ought to manifest itself in deeds rather than in words.” ((St. Ignatius)
  • “Do you love me?” was the question of Jesus to Peter.
  • How have you manifested lately your love for God in terms of concrete deeds?
  • Meditate on “Hope in the Resurrected Christ” (1 Peter: 3-9)
  • Right now, is there anything you feel worth celebrating in your life?
  • Name and clarify them.
  • When ready, take time to just celebrate these and rejoice with the risen Lord.
  • Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis on Consecrated Life
  • 1. “Where there are religious, there is joy”. We are called to know and show that God is able to fill our hearts to the brim with happiness; that we need not seek our happiness elsewhere; that the authentic fraternity found in our communities increases our joy; and that our total self-giving in service to the Church, to families and young people, to the elderly and the poor, brings us life-long personal fulfilment.
  • Are we joyful, content, fulfilled?
  • “None of us should be dour, discontented and dissatisfied, for “a gloomy disciple is a disciple of gloom.”
  • 2. “I am counting on you “to wake up the world”, since the distinctive sign of consecrated life is prophecy”…
  • “This is the priority that is needed right now: “to be prophets who witness to how Jesus lived on this earth… a religious must never abandon prophecy.”
  • “Prophets know God and they know the men and women who are their brothers and sisters. They are able to discern and denounce the evil of sin and injustice. Because they are free, they are beholden to no one but God, and they have no interest other than God. Prophets tend to be on the side of the poor and the powerless, for they know that God himself is on their side.”
  • Am I a prophet in this present world?

 

  • 3. Men and women religious, like all other consecrated persons, have been called, as I mentioned, “experts in communion”.
  • “to make the Church the home and the school of communion.”
  • Communion is lived first and foremost within the respective communities of each Institute. To this end, I would ask you to think about my frequent comments about criticism, gossip, envy, jealousy, hostility as ways of acting which have no place in our houses.
  • How is my community?
  • 4. “I also expect from you what I have asked all the members of the Church: to come out of yourselves and go forth to the existential peripheries. “Go into all the world”; these were the last words which Jesus spoke to his followers and which he continues to address to us”.
  • 5. I expect that each form of consecrated life will question what it is that God and people today are asking of them.
  • Dialogue with the Lord on all these points above.
  • Thank Him for sharing his gifts of presence to you and to the world, as seen in and through the Easter Story.
  • Thank Him for choosing to trust you, despite you many doubts and failures.
  • Thank Him for bestowing to you his Most Holy Spirit—the spirit of truth and life.
  • Thank Him for you to the religious life, for taking a risk in you.

 

 

(with Fr. florge, sj –facilitator)

image: pastormattblog.com—googleimages)

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