As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Let go of any distracting thoughts. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of the great love God has for you.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
Think of the last time you witnessed an act of selfless love. Perhaps you were the giver or maybe the recipient. Parents and caregivers of all kinds are called to act selflessly every day. God is the model of selfless love. There was no need for God to send his only Son to save us. It was an act of selfless love. As we learn about God's love, we draw closer to God and the mystery of the Trinity. God has lavished us with love in the Persons of the Son and the Spirit. When we allow our hearts and minds to be filled with an awareness of the divine life within us, we participate in the endless spiral of love that leads to eternal life.
In what loving ways do I respond to the everyday situations of my life?
When have I experienced an act of selfless love by another person? Recall the experience and say a silent prayer for that person.
(Speak to God, using these words or words of your own.)
Triune God, your love for us is beyond our ability to comprehend. May I grow in my desire to share your love with the people I meet today.