the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius is found a Contemplation to attain
the love of God. It is a series of reflections on how much God has
blessed us because God loves each of us in an extravagant way.
The world is much with me these days, so today I simply want to sit with
my God and reflect with the psalmist and “praise the Lord.” I want
God to love me. And I want to love God.
Ours are troubling times – sounds of war, presidential politics, a stubborn
economy, hurricanes, the uninsured, economic exploitation, the devaluation
of life from conception to the grave. Stop. Enough is enough.
Stop the world I want to get off. Sorry, no transfers!
So, take a deep breath. Sit with God. Listen to God. Praise
God. Shut your eyes, open your heart and be grateful. Just follow
today’s Psalm 111: “Praise the Lord!”
“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart.” Do it! What
are you thankful for? Who are you thankful for? Why are you thankful?
How do you express your gratitude to God and to others?
“Great are the works of the Lord.” Indeed, what specifically is “great”
for you? Begin with yourself, the wonderful mystery you are.
The gift you are to others; others as gifts to you. The created world
which surrounds you – autumn colors, mums, cheerleaders, fall football, pumpkins,
harvest time, a burgeoning spring in the southern hemisphere, a harvest moon
in America’s heartland, clear days on the west coast.
His righteous endures forever. What is your experience of God’s justice?
How does God’s righteousness touch you? Is God doing the right thing
by you? Where do you and God stand on – war and peace, poverty and
affluence, hurricanes and the orange crop, insured and uninsured, Republican
and Democrat, a faith manifested by justice?
The Lord is gracious and compassionate. How? What is your experience
of the compassion of God? Where are you and your family and friends
with breast cancer, heart surgery, Alzheimer’s, depression, alienation, broken
relationships? Are you unforgiving, envious or greedy? God walks
with each of us through all of this and so much more. For God alone
He will remember his covenant forever. In that phrase is our freedom,
our security and our future. God is faithful. How blessed are
we because of the fidelity of our God.
So now relax, reflect, and be grateful. For our God is great! Praise the Lord!
I needed this reflection. Praise the Lord!