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Lent Retreat: 2018

from the ISC: Glasgow
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 Scripture for Prayer

Day 4 - Saturday 17th of February

Stilling: Take a few minutes to become still.

God is Present: God is with you. Ask God to inspire your prayer time.

Ask for what you desire. What gift, what grace do you want right now?

Go through the passage below a word at a time.
Stay with the words or phrases that say something to you.

Luke 1:46-55 (NRSVA)

‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Conversation: When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, talk to God about what has come up for you.
Imagine how God might reply.

A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father

 Today's Meditation

Gabriel's Annunciation


No, I did not announce Plan B
That honorific recompense
For the strange event in Eden
So many thought so needed,

Though there never was an Eden
Where there would be no snow
And Christmas never come:

To find the Word in this milieu
Was always on the cards
And in that life and death,
As well as something else
We cannot put our fingers on,
There would be a stable place
For us to find in this new birth
The gardener's first intent -
A Blessing all the time.

Brian B McClorry SJ

 Review of Prayer

At the end of your prayer you can look back and ask:
Does it have something to say to you?
How does it make you feel?


 Suggestions for Prayer

Take time to ponder over today's reading;
or you may like to ponder on the poem.
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