Journey into Freedom Day 50

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Contemplation on Love

Today we consider the Contemplation on Love, the last of the contemplations of Saint Ignatius Loyola from the Spiritual Exercises.

We need to note two things:

  • That Love shows itself more in actions than words.
  • That love consist of mutual sharing. We share both what we own and our own time and abilities to help those we love.

Preparation:

I can imagine myself standing before God with the saints who are praying for me. A group of heavenly supporters including my patron saints and those of my friends and family who have gone before me.

Grace: I ask for the gift of a deep understanding of the gift of creation that God, in love, offers me. Filled with gratitude, I want to respond totally in my love and service of God.



The Setting: in four parts.

1. God’s gifts to me—including all of creation, my own gifts and abilities, my faith and who I am by the grace of God.

2. God’s self-gift to me. In the person of Christ I am given the revelation of God and God’s very self. I become a temple of God in God’s image and likeness.

3. God works for me. God enters and supports me in the struggles of my life. Christ’s labours take him to death in order to bring me the Resurrection.

4. God as giver and gift—God’s love shines on me like the rays from the sun. He cannot do enough out of love for me, calling me to a fuller and better life.

In response I pray:

Take and receive Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will

—all that I have and own. You have given all to me; to you, Lord I return it. All is yours, do with it what you wish. Give me only your love and your grace, with that I have enough.

A girl helping a boy get up from the ground.

A Thought for Today:

The heart of our identity and what ought to define us as followers of Jesus is availability - Pedro Arrupe SJ

Contemplation on Love

When a person does the full Spiritual Exercises this meditation is repeated a number of times. Maybe each time considering just one of the ‘settings’. It can be interspersed with the meditations on the Scriptural stories concerning the appearances of the Resurrected Jesus.

The meditation ends with the “Take and Receive” often known by its Latin name of, Suscipe, the most popular prayer of Saint Ignatius Loyola.