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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

Spiritual Exercises – Day 17

 

On today’s show, we focused on Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. The three points for meditation were:

1. Patience of the Heart – We must be careful about sinning with our words.

2. Christian Chastity – We can sin against chastity even in our thoughts.

3. Christian Charity – We must ALWAYS love everyone, including our enemies.

Our musical selection was Marty Rotella‘s Let Your Light Shine.

Listen to the podcast here.

Spiritual Exercises – Day 16

 

On today’s show, we focused on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12):

When He saw the crowds, He went up the mountain, and after He had sat down, His disciples came to Him. He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Today’s musical selection was “Litany of Humility” by Danielle Rose.

Listen to the podcast of the show here.

Spiritual Exercises – Day 15

 


On today’s show we discussed:

1. The Call of the Apostles – We are all called to evangelize and proclaim the “Good News”.

2. The Miracle at Cana – Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of Mary. Let her intercede for you too!

3. The Cleansing of the Temple – We cannot serve God and mammon (the riches of the world).

Our musical selection was from the CD “I Wait On Tepeyac” and can be purchased online here.

Listen to the podcast of the show here.

We’re Halfway There!

 

Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.

The entrance antiphon from today’s Mass reminds us of the joy that awaits us in a few short weeks. Lent will be over and we’ll be celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord! I can honestly say that, due to this retreat, this has already been my best Lent ever and it’s only half over! I’ve heard from many of you, but if any of you are struggling or even if you’ve decided to give up the retreat…

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GET BACK ON TRACK!

Last night, I was reading a book by St. Francis de Sales and I was struck by something he said:

“The enemy often tries to make us attempt and start many projects so that we will be overwhelmed with too many tasks, and therefore achieve nothing and leave everything unfinished…He does not care how many plans and beginnings we make, provided nothing is finished.”

When we started this retreat, I warned you that Satan would try to get you to quit. He doesn’t want you to finish it because it will bring you closer to the Lord. He’ll tell you that you’re not making enough progress, he’ll tell you that you don’t have enough time, he’ll tell you that you’re not getting anything out of it, he’ll tell you that you should quit now and do it again sometime in the future, he’ll tell you that if you miss a day or two that it’s impossible to make it up, etc.

DON’T BELIEVE HIM…HE’S LYING!!!

If you started this retreat…I don’t care how many days you missed, I don’t care how unworthy you feel, I don’t care how little you think you’re getting out of it, you will benefit greatly if you continue with the Spiritual Exercises. I have been modifying the nightly meditations to make them easier to understand. I’m also summarizing each day’s meditation on my blog (http://www.followingthetruth.com/blog). I am also willing to work with you one on one (via email) to help you get caught up and back on track. If all you can do is spend 30 minutes listening to my radio show, that’s enough to benefit from this retreat.

As a reminder, the purpose of the Spirtual Exercises is to remove our sinful addictions and determine God’s will for our lives. None of us know if we’ll ever have another Lent to do this. Don’t pass up the chance to make it happen while there is still time. I am praying for each of you. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help make your journey easier.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

God Bless,
Gary

Spiritual Exercises – Day 14

 

I started out by proposing 2 homework questions (for the weekend)

1. Look at every decision you make and ask yourself:

Why am I doing this? Is it purely out of love for God or is it because it feels good?

2. What attachments in your life might be getting in the way of your relationship with God? Are you willing to ask for the grace to give them up.

Today’s meditations are:

1. John the Baptist – His role was to draw people to Christ. How are you doing that in your life?

2. The Baptism of Christ – Our Lord humbled Himself and was baptized by John. How much humility do you practice?

3. The Temptation of Jesus – If Satan tempted Christ, he will tempt us. Do we pray when tempted? Do we try to resist?

I mentioned that I’ll be appearing on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air this coming Monday (March 19) at 7 AM Eastern. Sean Herriott and I will be discussing the Spiritual Exercises and Lent.

Our musical selection was “Thy Will Be Done” by Donna Cori Gibson (http://www.donnacorigibson.com)

You can listen to the show here.

Spiritual Exercises – Day 13

 

Today’s meditation focused on the 3 Classes of People. Let’s look at how Saint Ignatius describes them in the Spiritual Exercises, preceded by 3 preludes:

First Prelude. The first Prelude is the narrative, which is of three classes of men, and each one of them has acquired ten thousand ducats, not solely or as they ought for God’s love, and all want to save themselves and find in peace God our Lord, ridding themselves of the weight and hindrance to it which they have in the attachment for the thing acquired.

Second Prelude. The second, a composition, seeing the place. It will be here to see myself, how I stand before God our Lord and all His Saints, to desire and know what is more pleasing to His Divine Goodness.

Third Prelude.
The third, to ask for what I want. Here it will be to ask grace to choose what is more to the glory of His Divine Majesty and the salvation of my soul.

First Class. The first Class would want to rid themselves of the attachment which they have to the thing acquired, in order to find in peace God our Lord, and be able to save themselves, and they do not place the means up to the hour of death.

Second Class. The second want to rid themselves of the attachment, but want so to rid themselves of it as to remain with the thing acquired, so that God should come where they want, and they do not decide to leave it in order to go to God, although it would be the best state for them

Third Class. The third want to rid themselves of the attachment, but want so to rid themselves of it that they have even no liking for it, to keep the thing acquired or not to keep it, but only want to want it or not want it according as God our Lord will put in their will and as will appear to them better for the service and praise of His Divine Majesty; and meanwhile they want to reckon that they quit it all in attachment, forcing themselves not to want that or any other thing, unless only the service of God our Lord move them: so that the desire of being better able to serve God our Lord moves them to take the thing or leave it.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Spiritual Exercises – Day 12

 

Today’s meditation focused on the Standard of Christ vs. the Standard of Satan. Both are calling us. In order to know who we are following, we must look at their opposing strategies:

Satan’s Strategy – Having called together his fellow demons, Satan devises a plan to turn humans away from God.

1. People are tempted to hold on to earthly possessions.
2. Through these possessions, they are to look for human recognition and honor.
3. They are led to pride, which leaves them open to sin.

Christ’s Strategy
– How are Christ’s apostles to carry out their mission?

1. By drawing people to spiritual poverty.
2. Encouraging people to want and accept insults and humiliation.
3. Through humiliations, the followers of Christ will be led to other virtues.

To follow Christ in this way requires special help from Him. Saint Ignatius recommends that we ask Our Lady to obtain the necessary grace from her Son.

Listen to the podcast here.

Spiritual Exercises – Day 11

 

Today’s meditations centered on the life of Jesus before the start of His public ministry:

1. The Presentation – Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the temple, according to the law.

2. The Finding in the Temple – After losing Jesus, Mary and Joseph find Him in the temple.

3. The Hidden Life of Christ – Jesus spent most of His life working as an ordinary carpenter.

The podcast can be found here.

Spiritual Exercises – Day 10

 

On today’s show we focused on the Nativity of Our Lord. You can choose one or all of these themes for your meditation:

1. The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

a. The journey to Bethlehem came about due to a decree of a pagan emperor. Mary and Joseph made the journey to participate in the census

b. Christ was born in a stable, teaching us the value of poverty.

c. Contrast the glorious song of the angels with the stable.

2. The Shepherds – They responded to the angel’s message, traveled in haste to see the Savior and worshiped Him.

3. The Magi – Although they were Gentiles, they followed the star to pay homage to the Savior. After paying respects to the Lord, they went home “by a different route”.

In case you missed the show, you can listen to the podcast here.

Spiritual Exercises – Day 8

 

Today’s meditation focused on the call of Christ the King to each one of us. His invitation?

“Follow Me (and assist in my mission of salvation)”

Today, we pray for the grace not to be deaf to the Lord’s call, but to respond quickly and generously.

What is our response to the invitation of our King? We can respond in one of three ways. All of which represent an answer of “yes”, but with increasing degrees of generosity:

1. “Ok Lord, count me in.” (as long as it’s not too difficult)

2. “Count me in, Lord, with MY WHOLE HEART. I give myself to you entirely!” (no exceptions, I’m in all the way)

3. “I’m in, Lord, but not only with my whole heart. I want to go the extra mile and learn to love the crosses and difficulties that you send.” (going above and beyond the call of duty)

The Lord wants to hear our voluntary response to His call. Which of the above 3 responses would YOU choose?

End your meditation with the following prayer:

Eternal Lord of all things, I make my oblation with Thy favor and help, in presence of Thy infinite Goodness and in presence of Thy glorious Mother and of all the Saints of the heavenly Court; that I want and desire, and it is my deliberate determination, if only it be Thy greater service and praise, to imitate Thee in bearing all injuries and all abuse and all poverty of spirit, and actual poverty, too, if Thy most Holy Majesty wants to choose and receive me to such life and state.