Week 21 Prayer Exercises
In addition to this week’s prayer materials, there are Encouragements and Wisdom for Week 21 (PDF).
1 As I engage the Sacred Story prayer this week, I will continue to ask God’s help to be faithful to my commitment. I will also resolve to spend no more and no less than 15-minutes in each formal prayer session as St. Ignatius suggested.
2 For week twenty-one I am invited to pray with the first three meditations in the Sacred Story prayer. As St. Ignatius suggested, I will commit to entering my prayer at least once daily.
3 Meditation One, Two and Three— Creation, Presence, Memory: Use your first prayer session to read the Reflection and then do the Exercise as suggested during your 15-minute prayer sessions for the rest of the week.
I will awaken to the present moment.
I will awaken to my spiritual nature.
I will not make any decisions based on fear.
I will practice Sacramental Reconciliation monthly.
I will say this affirmation aloud once daily:
Review the structure of the 15-minute prayer sessions. You will find these at the bookmark you left in Week 16. For this week, you are combining the first three meditations in Sacred Story Prayer: Creation, Presence and Memory. Use your 15-minute prayer sessions this week to pray these three meditations together, following the wisdom you learned in Week 16 for this practice. You can also refresh your memory on the Preludes and Illuminative Graces of these three meditations if you find it helpful.
Awakening to Sacred Story—Creation, Presence, Memory
I believe God created everything in love and for love; I ask for the grace of a heart-felt knowledge of God’s love for me, and for gratitude for the general and particular graces of this day.
I believe God is present in each moment and event of my life, and I ask for grace to awaken, see and feel where and how, especially in this present moment.
I believe every violation of love committed by me and against me is in my memory, and I ask God to reveal them to me, especially those that have manifested themselves today, so I can be healed.
(Ps 95: 1-5)