As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments of quiet reflection. Breathe deeply and be aware of God's unconditional love for you.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.
We live in a world that encourages individual choice and personal freedom. We might think this freedom entitles people to do whatever they want. As Paul notes in his letter to the Galatians, true freedom means following the Spirit. When we live in the Spirit, the Spirit helps us to make prudent choices. We can't just assume that being led by the Spirit requires no effort on our part. It's our responsibility to form our conscience. Then we'll be prepared to follow where the Spirit leads.
What is my definition of freedom?
When was a time that the Holy Spirit guided me to make a prudent choice?
(Pray to the Spirit, using these or your own words.)
Spirit of Life, you bring life to all of creation. Help me to follow where you lead.