Before beginning your retreat, pause for a few moments and focus on your breathing. Take several deep breaths. Be aware of God's loving presence within you.
You are the light of the world.
Over the centuries, the Church has been a beacon of light for many people. Sometimes, the light takes the form of solace in time of need. Other times, light comes as forgiveness, grace, or conversion of heart. This light is conveyed through human beings. Our Baptism calls us to be bearers of Christ's light to the world. This requires an openness on our part to allow Christ to work through us individually and collectively. When we do our part to be sources of light in the world, we diminish the effects of darkness.
Where can I be a source of light today?
Who brings the light of Christ into my life?
(Use this prayer or one of your own.)
Jesus, light of the world, thank you for sending me forth into the world to be your light. Help me to put aside all that prevents me from letting your light shine through me.