Love of God:
1. Select one sphere of your life, which is difficult for you: a financial situation, a difficult decision, a sin, sickness, awkwardness.
2. Enter into this situation for a moment and look at what is born in you.
3. Try to internally agree with these feelings and thoughts. Try to accept and adopt them. Agree that it is just now happening in you.
4. Tell God that you do not understand it, but you want to believe that it makes sense.
1. Imagine that God pronounces your name, He speaks to you. Listen to how He speaks.
2. Try to remember now how different people called you throughout your life. See how they spoke different variants of your name. Return to these situations, see their faces, and listen to their voice.
3. Look at what feelings arise in you. Do you like your name?
4. Thank God that He gave you that name.
Love the other:
1.Imagine that you are sitting with Jesus somewhere, and somewhere behind the window is someone who has hurt you recently.
2. Imagine that Jesus looks at you, and then at him/her with love.
3. Tell Jesus about what happened. Ask Him how to forgive.
4. Pray ‘in your name, Jesus, I forgive him/her that …’
5. Pray for the welfare of this person.
Remember to do this…
Place of worship:
First, find a useful, permanent place of prayer.
It may be a nearby church or chapel. You can also reserve for yourself a quiet, comfortable, intimate “prayer corner”
in your home, (perhaps with a picture, icon, candle or lamp, the Bible, some greenery, a small rug etc.)
Finally it can be a comfortable chair in front of the cross of a holy picture. Let this be a permanent place of prayer for you. To work!
Before doing the exercise, sit down and think carefully about what it is all about.
How best to do the exercises.
How best to live it as deeply as possible.
You can go through superficially and get nothing at all from it.
Spiritual exercises do not work on the principle of “enter” – and it is automatic.
If you want fruit, it will be born from the repetition of exercises, perseverance in prayer every day.
So changing the heart. It would be nice to go back to some of the exercises from time to time.
Before doing the exercise:
Sit comfortably in your quiet place.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply several times.
For two minutes listen to your breathing or heartbeat. Thus meet your ‘internal self’.
Imagine now that Jesus comes to you and He is in you. Give Him this time together.
Practice for about 15 – 30 minutes.
After doing the exercise:
Sit in a different place and write in your spiritual diary (which you should set up for the exercise), and answer three questions:
What did you feel during the exercise?
What did it show you about yourself – who are you?
What should you do next?
You can share your experiences and discoveries with your spiritual director, a friend or a group who also celebrated these exercises together.