Invocation of the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit, help us to know what is truly right and always rejoice in his consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Preparatory acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity

Make these acts briefly and spontaneously in direct conversation with God, without using written prayers, if possible.

Faith: You will be in God’s presence, speaking with him. You don’t have to make him present since we are always in God’s presence whether we realize it or not. But you do need to make yourself aware of this reality.

Hope: It consists in turning to God as your supreme good, your Savior, in whom you trustfully hope for grace and help in your need.

Charity: Renew your awareness that God, with whom you are speaking, is your Father, and that you are his beloved child. Address him, then, as a child speaking to his father.

Adore God humbly and with all your heart. He is your creator; you depend on him for everything.

Thank him for all the gifts you have received, especially for this opportunity to speak with him.

Ask Christ and Mary to help you to do the meditation fruitfully.

Body of the Meditation

For meditation material it is recommended that you use the Gospel, a commentary on the Gospel, a spiritual book, or other writings and personal notes. Your spiritual director’s advice will be very helpful in choosing which sources and materials to use for your prayer.

The following or similar questions may help you find points to reflect on and ways to apply your meditation to your life:

What is the Lord trying to tell me in this Gospel passage (or reading)?

What resonance does it have in my heart?

What implications does it entail for my life?

Why so?

How have I behaved up to now in this respect?

How should I behave from now on?

What difficulties will I have to overcome?

What means do I need to use to do so?

Talk to the Father, Christ, and the Blessed Virgin about these points in order to evoke the movements that stir the heart and move the will to make some practical resolutions, which are the fruit of your meditation.

Conclusion

Finish the meditation by thanking God for the good resolutions you made and for the insights you received in the meditation. Ask forgiveness for your distractions or negligence.

To evaluate the meditation, you could ask yourself the following or similar questions:

Is there anything in me that is not as God would have it?

Do I detest whatever keeps me from doing God’s will?

Do I desire to follow his will always, out of love for Christ and souls?

Did I prepare myself well for the meditation? Did I create an atmosphere of prayer before I started?

Did I use well all the time I had, from start to finish?

Did I concentrate on the meditation, fighting against laziness, distractions, tiredness, and difficulties?

Was my meditation a conversation with Christ?

Did I remain humble before God?