Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to set aside all distractions. Take three deep breaths. Remember that you are in the loving presence of God.
. . . to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.
This line from the Canticle of Zechariah gives us reason to pause. The way we come to know about salvation is through the forgiveness of our sins. The forgiveness of our sins was attained through Jesus' passion, death, and resurrection. It is in and through Jesus that we come to know salvation. As we grow in our faith lives, our understanding of salvation deepens and we open ourselves more and more to the grace of being reconciled to God.
Is there anything preventing me from moving toward a deeper relationship with God?
How have I grown in my knowledge of salvation?
(Pray to Jesus using this prayer or one of your own.)
Jesus, Brother, your Paschal Mystery teaches me what salvation truly means. Help me deepen my friendship with you in the Sacrament of Penance.