Journey into Freedom Day 11

A path through a forest.

Reflect on your own Life

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then 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 to appreciate God present and at work in my life.

Setting: Look back over your life; are you aware of God at work?

Looking back on your life: Consider the times and places where you have experienced loving and being loved, where you felt most alive or enthusiastic, when you sensed being most yourself.

You might like to begin with your childhood, or you could let one memory touch off another by association, not necessarily logically nor chronologically.

Remember the people and events of your life and how you felt about them.

Remember both the pleasant and the painful experiences; those that give meaning to your life and those that confuse you or don't seem to have a positive side.

Healing? Have you come across painful memories where you need to pray for healing? If so, spend some time asking God to help you deal with these.

Thanksgiving: As you look back, can you end with gratitude for your life so far? Be honest, express your true feelings!

A path through a forest.

Conversation: Talk to God in your own words, imagine how God might reply.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: We must be pilgrims ready to go wherever we can serve God our Lord the more. - St Francis Xavier SJ

Why we Pray

St. Teresa of Avila had an image of prayer: Just as water is needed in order that plants may grow—so the purpose of prayer is that we might flourish. Prayer is for the flowers in our life. We don’t pray in order to gain favour with God, but in order to live more reflective lives and follow more closely the way of life Christ is calling us. Prayer is for our spiritual growth, not for God’s pleasure or satisfaction.