Welcome to the first week of our Lenten Retreat! Today’s talk introduces the theme of the retreat, the Vine and the Branches. It explores what St. Ignatius of Loyola meant by “spiritual exercises” and what he hoped the retreatant would get out of doing them. The foundation of the entire retreat is a heartfelt trust in God’s love for us. With examples from Jesus, Elijah, and his own life, David reflects on how God communicates God’s love by speaking to the heart.
Verse: As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. (John 15:9)
Spiritual Exercise: Annotation 1/2
Suggested Scripture: Psalm 23, Psalm 103
Questions for reflection:
- When has God spoken to your heart in silent sounds?
- Who are the people in your life that bring you joy?
- What personal gifts do you have that have enabled you to persevere in those tough moments of life?