Journey into Freedom Day 1
Stilling: Throughout the retreat you may like to begin your prayer with a Stilling Exercise.
Preparation: After the stilling, dedicate the time of prayer to God and ask God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: I ask that I may appreciate God’s good creation.
Setting: Read the Bible passage below and imagine God creating Adam and Eve.
Genesis 2:7 & 18-22 NRSVA
The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Conversation: Every day when you come close to the end of the prayer you are invited to have a conversation with God. Maybe you can imagine yourself talking to Jesus as a friend; a familiar conversation talking about whatever concerns you. How does Jesus reply? God can speak through our imagination. Often we seem to get unexpected and rapid replies. If you suspect that a reply is just in your imagination, ask yourself if Jesus in the Gospels is likely to have said such a thing. Most often the answer is ‘yes’. Sometimes Saint Ignatius suggests we might have a conversation with Mary the mother of Jesus, or God, the Father of our Lord.
Final Prayer: End your prayer each day with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.
Thought for the Day: We are beloved creatures of God, who in His goodness calls us to love life and to live it in communion with the rest of creation. Pope Francis
The elements of our daily Prayer
Everyday of this retreat we present the following elements in your prayer:
Preparation: You may begin your prayer time with a stilling or awareness exercise; then dedicate your time and thoughts to God. Gift: We suggest a gift or grace to ask God for each day.
Setting: The Scripture passage or other content of the day’s prayer.
Conversation: Talking to Jesus Christ, the Father, Mary as one friend to another. Talking naturally about whatever has come up in the prayer; also called a ‘colloquy’.
Final Prayer: The time of prayer is usually ended with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father, Hail Mary etc.