This talk introduces the theme of the retreat, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” It breaks open St. Ignatius’s strategy of “Spiritual Exercises” and what was hoped for by someone taking on these Exercises. The foundation of the entire retreat is getting to see a little more clearly who God is and who we are in God’s eyes. Damian reflects on how God created us in God’s image and so knows us immediately before even forming us.
Focusing verse: So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God, God created them, human persons God created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Spiritual Exercises: Annotation 1 and 2
Suggested Scripture for prayer:
Questions for reflection:
- Right now, today, in this moment, at the start of the retreat, who do I say that I am?
- Our faith life is not lived or experienced in a bubble, who are the people in my life who brought me to where I am today?
- Looking at all of creation, who does God say we are?
Song: Who Am I? NEEDTOBREATHE
Print or download the following PDF for helpful materials to help you reflect on the talk:Talk 1: God Sees Potential in Everything (Reflection Materials)