Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and pay attention to your breathing. Take some long, deep breaths and remember that you are in the loving presence of God.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
As Jesus presented the Beatitudes, he told us how God would respond to our actions. We learn that those with a clean heart, concern for justice, and loyalty to the commands of God will see God now and in eternity. Later in the Gospel, Jesus is asked what the most important commandment is. He says that love of God and loving our neighbors as ourselves is the spirit of the Law. Holiness does not come from being removed from the world but from engaging it.
What difficult situation am I facing now that can be an opportunity to practice holiness?
Who in my life is an example of someone who lives with a clean heart?
(Speak to Jesus, using these words or others that come to mind for you.)
Jesus, you are the champion of the humble, the suffering, and the faithful. Help me to make choices that testify to your loving presence in my life.