is Transcendent, God is Immanent and God is Transparent in our lives.
“In him we live and move and have our being.” “Today
if you hear his voice, harden not your heart.”
One of the greatest helps in the spiritual life, one recommended highly
by Ignatius, is a daily “instant replay” of the day. Each
evening before we go to sleep we replay the events of our day. The experience
of God is mediated to us through these events. This experience of God
is the very heart and center of religion, supplying as it does the basis,
the infrastructure, of faith. Experience and faith must intersect if our
faith is to be real. This is not search for perfection (perfectionism)
but for how God is uniquely and intimately drawing me to become this unique
person he created me to be.
FOR ENLIGHTENMENT I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his workings
in me and reveal to me the mystery of myself. I ask for the grace to see
myself as God sees me, that is, as I really am. I ask to be able to recognize
the working of the Holy Spirit not only in the strong winds of Pentecost
but especially in the gentle breezes of the present moment.
2) THANKSGIVING The way to love is through gratitude.
From gratitude for the gifts we grow in the love of the Giver. I started
out at zero, zip, nada. What am I anyway but a conglomeration of the gifts
of God? “What do I have that I have not received?” I thank
God specifically for the gift of this day and for all the gifts that have
come to me today.
3) REVIEW OF THE DAY (Instant Replay) I review the events
of the day. On arising, did I say, “Good God! Morning” or
“Good morning! God?” I listen to my life to see how God has
been working in me, in my interior moods, feelings and urgings. What was
my reaction to these events? Was I challenged, frightened, inspired? What
is God asking of me? Did anyone or anything cause me to lose my peace?
Why? Did I have some quiet time alone with the Lord?
4) CONTRITION AND SORROW “Lord, Jesus Christ, have
mercy on me a sinner.” Our weakness makes us realize the fidelity
of the love of God. With Paul we realize that when we are weak we are
strong. I am a sinner but still called to be a companion of Jesus.
5) RESOLUTION FOR THE FUTURE We look to the future with
hope, with Christian hope that gives us tranquility without tranquilizers.
We forsee the possible dangers but we know that they are also opportunities.
Without God I can do nothing. But with God I can do anything He wants
me to do. (I = We = mostly Thee.)