This method5 works, helping us give ourselves to Jesus. You’ve noticed in the ten months I’ve been with you, I end each Sunday homily with a form of this Ignatian style of praying. I shaped it to help us give ourselves to Jesus Sunday to Sunday and deepen our friendship with him, his Father and their Spirit.
In your daily 15 minutes with Jesus this week
- Pause and rest in the Trinity who creates us each moment.
- Ask Mary and the disciples at the wedding feast to present you to Jesus.
- Chat with him: Speak to Jesus as one friend to another and give yourself to him. Friends do that. Praise him for his faithfulness to you.
- Ask him for grace to give yourself and your life to Jesus with greater confidence.
- Close your time by slowly saying the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus’ words begin, continue and strengthen his friendship with us; they help us befriend him and live in ways that invite others to be his friends. That is each person’s vocation no matter what shape a person’s life takes.
- John 12.32.
- See the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #150.
- Homily, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sistine Chapel, Sunday, 13 January 2013.
- See the bottom of this webpage for Ignatius’ words. Jesuit Fr. David Fleming wrote an essay about those words; it began: “The underlying dynamic of Ignatian prayer is that of a conversation.”
- One shorthand list of its five-steps also has comments and links to assist anyone.