Based on the Guide for Meditiation by St. Alphonsus, also called Mental Prayer.
As you complete your first session of reflection in this virtual retreat, you are invited to spend some time in prayer.
Take a moment to still yourself before the Lord, asking for the light of God’s Spirit to shine in you as you spend this time in prayer.
Have before you: your bible, candle, cross, journal and pen
Read: 2 Corinthians 9:5-15
So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you, and arrange in advance for this bountiful gift that you have promised, so that it may be ready as a voluntary gift and not as an extortion. The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Acts of Love:
You may wish to spend time with your journal as you reflect on the following questions.
- What thoughts and questions do I bring to this time of reflection on my vocation and call from God?
- What are the hopes, and perhaps fears that I have?
- What are the seeds that I know God has planted in me to bear fruit?
- In what ways am I still called to growth in my life?
- What might it mean for me to discernm priesthood and religious life as a seed that God has planted in me?
Prayers of Petition
- Pray for the grace you need over the next while as you spend this time of reflection.
- Pray as well for any prayers and needs that you have in your heart.
- Pray for others who have asked for your prayers, or whom you know are in need of prayers this day.
Make a resolution to do one practical thing from this time of prayer. It might be an insight, a thought, or the resolution to continue on to the next session of the virtual retreat.
Conclusion and Thanksgiving
Thank God for whatever grace you have received in this time of prayer, renew your resolution, and ask for the love of Jesus and Mary to keep your resolution.