The month of July flew past and the highlight was, of course, my retreat on the ocean in California. I am going to share what I did during this retreat as it is such an easy way to pray that you may want to try it. My retreat director suggested that I sit with Jesus and ask him to show me a photo album and point out pictures in my life that He hoped we could talk about and see how each picture was still influencing my life. I found that I was overwhelmed by gratitude when I realized how much love surrounded me from the earliest pictures that Jesus seemed to show me. As I have had a long life, we were still looking at pictures of my twenty years in Chile when the retreat ended. I forgot to say that I also found Psalm 100 that seemed to express what I was feeling in the retreat and became part of the background of my retreat. Of course, I also spent time in just contemplating the immensity and depth of God's love while looking at the beautiful Pacific ocean. I need to make a resolution to go look at the Atlantic, too, since I do live in Miami!
It is good to be back and I will try to add a reflection at least several times a week. I will be away again this week end and without computer access, but be patient as I do have much to share as soon as my life falls into a regular pattern again. In the meantime, here is a thought to ponder: What picture does Jesus want me to look at now and why? What do I say to Jesus and how do I feel?
Happy Feast of St. Ignatius as I am writing this on the 31st and thinking of all the Jesuits who have been part of my life. Three Jesuit cousins - another reason to be grateful! I am almost finished reading "The First Jesuits" by John O'Malley and it gives the historical background that influenced the beginnings of the Society of Jesus.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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As July begins, I am thinking more about my retreat. I leave Tuesday, July 3 and only return on July 25 so I will be attending the Provincial Chapter, on vacation, and in retreat. The retreat is from July 16-23; I would love prayer for that special time. It is the most important week in the year and I find myself full of desire for that time alone with God.
Sometimes, it helps for me to take a book with me for prayer before the retreat. I am trying to decide now what I should take and am looking at "Praying with Julian of Norwich: Selections from 'A Revelation of Love' with Commentary by Ritamary Bradley. I love Julian, but have not read this commentary although I know I have had the book on my shelf for a long time. I usually find that the Holy Spirit will inspire me. The real director is always the Holy Spirit and I trust that I will follow the promptings of the Spirit.
While I am away, I am also taking a vacation from the computer and so will not be writing my blog during the month of July. It is good to take that kind of vacation as I teach online and have many hours in front of the computer during the year so I will just take off a month. I hope my readers will remember to look again as I do intend to take up my blog and share with you at least by the first week in August.