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.
1 John 4:21
This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
God wants us to love one another just as we love God. This commandment requires that we love all those around us, even those whom we find difficult or who have betrayed us. What God commands, he gives the grace to accomplish. Pray today to love each person you meet.
Where do I struggle the most to carry out this commandment of God?
What can I do to bring my love of God and love of neighbor into harmony?
(Pray, using these words or your own.)
Ever-living God, help me to become someone through whom your love flows freely.