Online Retreat Guide - Week 3
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Perspective - A Picture of Harmony

Guide: The World as It’s Meant to Be

After two weeks of reviewing our story, and seeing it as a story of God’s faithful presence in our lives, we move now to look at the bigger picture.
This week we want to reflect on, and be inspired by, God’s creative desire for us as part of the whole of creation.
St. Ignatius of Loyola put it so simply:

God created us
to praise, reverence, and serve God
and in this way to save our souls.
God created all of the rest of creation
to help us achieve the purpose for which
God created us.

Let’s let the background of this whole week be two wonderful imaginative reflections:

  • To simply walk around, doing all that I do each day, more and more conscious of why I was created:

    To give praise to God.
    To revere God: to grow in awe and love for God.
    To be of service: in God’s service.

  • To  notice the rest of creation more consciously, and how all that I notice is intended by God to help me — it is all created for me.

Again, this is about gratitude. We want to appreciate, to become more sensitive to and more aware of something about God: God has an intense desire to help us achieve the end for which God lovingly created us. So, by our thinking and watching this week we are coming to know God better.

Again, make use of the helps provided for this week. Let the photo draw us into wonder and awe and a sense of God’s plan for us. Let’s try to begin and end each day this week with openness and delight in all that God intensely desires to show us.

The Grace we pray for this week:
To become more aware that I was created to praise God; to grow in love and awe of God; to be in God’s service.    

Consider sharing the graces you have received
this week with others making the retreat.

Listen to each week of the Online Retreat
on a CD or on your mp3 player


Click on photo to see larger image.
Photos by Don Doll, S.J.

selected to support 

our prayer each week.

Getting Started
Some practical help for beginning the retreat, and how to go about preparing oneself and using this guide.

For the Journey
Reflections by

Larry Gillick, S.J.

as helps for the


In these or
similar words
St. Ignatius might say: "Speak with Our Lord, as friend to friend, in these or similar words."

Some readings that are chosen to fit this week.

Written prayers by others sometimes helps us find words ourselves.

A Place to Share
At any time this week, if you have anything you'd like to share, that has touched you, you can share it by leaving a note here, even anonymously.

Read the Sharing
Read what others have shared about their prayer or graces.


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