Day 13 | 31 days of St Ignatius 2018

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AMDG

The purpose of this prayer-exercise is to look over my life, with God, recognising God's providential love and care for me from when I first existed.

My own story, made up of so many diverse experiences, becomes blessed when, after sufficient remembering and listening with the heart to the mystery of these various experiences, I discover again God present and working with me through it all. 

  • Where have I experienced God in my life?
  • When and where in my history have I felt God with me?
  • Who are the people in my life who have mirrored God, in whom I have seen the face of God?
  • Are there special places in my life where I have felt near to God?

Prepare

as usual: considering how you are with God at this time, what sort of mood you are in, beginning to think about this time of prayer. (You might like to use one of the exercises from day 1

Prayer 

Spend time becoming still: 

Ask for the guidance of the Spirit in your prayer ... 

I ask for a deepening awareness of God's personal love for me and gratitude for God's care for me throughout my life.

Taking the different times of your life, slowly let your mind and heart move through those times, becoming more attuned to the presence of God throughout your life. 

Let one memory touch off another 

The following random headings may help to spark your prayer of remembering. 

friends relations school parents buildings places teachers

health gifts holidays jobs responsibilities falling in love talents

struggles sacraments experiences of church decisions communities 

As you remember, be aware of any gratitude that you feel and take the time to give thanks to God for his many gifts to you, and his presence in your life. 

If negative memories and feelings arise, acknowledge them as part of who you are, but then hand them over to God, who knows you better than you know yourself. Allow God to be free to shed light on these shadowy memories in God's own time. 

Bring your prayer to a close and spend time reviewing the prayer and making notes. 

You may like to express something of your life story using symbols, diagrams or art materials, or in some other way.

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