Taking Back The Crown - A St. Mary's Ignatian Retreat
By St. Mary's Catholic Center
The Coronavirus is named for the crown-like shape it takes under a microscope. We want to take back the crown from the enemy and give the greater glory to God. This podcast will host a 30-day Ignatian retreat. There will be retreat dynamics at the beginning as well as instructions on how to pray. Then you'll receive Scripture passages throughout these 30 days. You'll grow a lot and learn a lot! Thanks, God bless, and gig 'em!
This episode introduces the 2nd Week of the Spiritual Exercises and presents the meditation on the Call of the King. Prayer Assignment: Luke 9:57-10:12 and pray your own version of the Call of the King. Grace: That I not be deaf to the call of Jesus, but ready and diligent to accomplish his holy will.
We'll explore how God's desire to heal us from our sinfulness and experiences of misery. Prayer Assignment: Luke 15:11-32. Grace: To feel genuine sorrow for my sinfulness as a rejection of God's tremendous love, and to accept the Father's healing compassion reminding me of my identity in his heart.
One of the primary themes of the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises is sinfulness. Prayer Assignment: Gen 3:1-19 & Rom 7:15-25. Grace: To experience sorrow, confusion, and even tears as I consider my sins.
In this episode we learn the method of praying with scripture called Lectio Divina. There are four movements: Lectio (Reading), Meditatio (Meditation), Oratio (Oration/Prayer), and Contemplatio (Contemplation). Prayer Assignment: Rom 8:28-39. Grace: To be strengthened in my sense of God's love for me.
Fr. Brian will give a teaching on prayer and introduce the prayer method ACKNOWLEDGE, RELATE, RECEIVE, RESPOND.
Prayer Assignment: Pray with John 1:35-39 beginning with the acts of presence previously learned. The grace to pray for: "To be drawn by an attraction to Jesus and to experience a longing to abide with him."
For Day 3, Fr. Brian offers 5 faith encouragements to help receive God's love. The prayer assignment is to pray with Psalm 139. The grace to ask for is "To experience God's abundant love for me and a joyful inner acknowledgment that I am wondrously, gloriously made."
This is Day 2 of the "Taking Back the Crown" 30-Day Ignatian Podcast Retreat. In this episode, Fr. Brian McMaster will teach about the Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We'll also learn another element St. Ignatius employs as an act of presence, asking for the grace. Here's the prayer assignment for today: Begin prayer considering the gaze of the Father, and ask for the grace "to experience Jesus call me personally and draw forth my desire." Then prayerfully read Luke 18:35-43. Allow yourself to be the blind man in the story imagining what it would be like to be him. Become aware of your own desires before God.
Welcome to the "Taking Back the Crown" 30-Day Ignatian Podcast Retreat! In this first episode, Fr. Brian McMaster will welcome you to retreat and explain the theme. You'll be introduced to St. Ignatius of Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises. Next, Fr. Brian will offer some tips on how to get started at prayer using an Act of Presence method used by St. Ignatius. Lastly, the prayer assignment for today: To use the Ignatian Act of Presence to enter prayer, prayerfully read Matt 6:9-13 (the Our Father), and to reflect slowly upon the words of the Our Father, as well as considering where your life is "in the Kingdom" and where it may not be.