As you begin your retreat, free your mind of all distractions. Breathe deeply several times. Open your mind and heart to God.
But Ruth said, "Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God."
These words are spoken by Ruth to Naomi, her mother-in-law. The simple words of this scripture passage are an example of true fidelity and love. God loves us with a love beyond measure. What he wants from us is love and fidelity in return.
Am I faithful to my baptismal promises?
Is my fidelity to God evidenced in what I do, in what I say, in what I think?
(Pray, using these words or those of your own.)
Faithful God, create in me an awareness of your loving presence.