What is it? 

This is a National 33 day retreat in preparation for consecration to Jesus through Mary. We are running this to coincide with the rededication of England to Our Lady, happening in Walsingham on the 29 March 2020.  It is a retreat done each day in the comfort of your own home. On this retreat we invite Mary to help us discover her Son in a new and deeper way. It is a modern, beautifully written and easy to understand.

Why should I do it? 

Maybe you have previously prayed lots of Novenas and been on retreats and you already know the huge benefits of giving some extra time to know God better. If you haven’t then this is a gentle opportunity to encounter Jesus through the intercession of His Mother. Maybe you have a particular prayer on your heart or ongoing issue you would like to have answered or perhaps you just want to reignite your faith for Lent this year. Whatever the reason, be prepared - this is powerful stuff ! 

What do I have to do?

The daily retreat is simply reading the allocated day’s reflection and spending some time quietly contemplating what you have read, maybe 15mins at most. We are going to provide some daily questions to help you take it deeper still if that is what you feel called to.  You can find a small group of friends from Church to do this with: you choose the person/ people, time and place to meet just once a week. If this idea fills you with horror that’s fine, you can do this solo and just join us online. The important thing is to take part.

For each day we will also provide a video of Fr Adrian Farrelly O.P reciting the reflection from the book. You will find Day 1 below as a taster. 

What do I need?

We will provide a full colour booklet with the reflections and also will email and post on our website some optional questions. We will even throw in a prayer card and rosary! There is no charge for these items. You provide the willingness, the bravery to give it go and a little time each day for just 33 days.

Who is this for? 

Absolutely everyone who would like the world to be a better place. Want your marriage blessed? Do this together. Want your friendships deepened? Form a group and meet once a week for four weeks. Want to discover some peace in your heart, commit to it and see it through till the end. We are excited to see what The Lord will do in our Parish and our country through this.

Sign me up ?

Fantastic, you can join our dedicated Facebook group “Salisbury Behold 2020 - 33 day Consecration” or contact [email protected] to receive a daily email with the further reflection points. The books and Rosaries will be available to collect at all next Sunday’s Masses (23/24 Feb) If you have any questions please email the Outreach office or contact Xanthe Vanderputt on 07904 589360 directly or through the Facebook page. You will receive prompts and reminders of connected events during the 33 days.

When? 

To finish on 29 March, we are starting with Day 1 on Tuesday the 25 February and in our parish, this period of prayer will culminate in our Deanery Weekend of Prayer and Reflection.

Below you will find the reflections and questions for each day. These will be revealed on the day, commencing Tuesday 25 February. Please click on the appropriate tab. 

33 Day Reflections and Questions

Intro

Sunday 23rd February

If you have read the introduction in your books you’ll know that the idea is for you to read a page each day and just like Our Lady, ponder what you have heard in your heart.

Some people find writing their thoughts down in a journal a helpful way of processing, others like to discuss with someone else afterwards. However if you just want to keep this between you, Mary and God that is fine too.

We will be daily posting some questions to help you reflect more deeply and make this journey on a       personal level.  If you are doing this with your Spouse, family or friend please only share what you feel comfortable with.

On a practical level plan ahead when you are going to spend this time reading and reflecting, If you fall behind Don’t give up, its ok to catch up and continue. We are human beings with busy lives, but planning in the time will help you to focus and pray without the endless list running of the things you should be doing stealing your peace.

Before you start

1.Reflect on what your expectations are from this retreat?  Do you think miracles are possible?

 

2.What are you hoping (if anything) will change ?

 

3.What do you think moved you to make the decision to spend this extra time growing in your faith?

 

4. How disciplined are you at finishing what you have started? Do you need a prayer partner or small group to hold you accountable?

 

5. If you answered yes to the above question, think now of who you could ask to meet with you once a week for the next four weeks.

 

Practical task …...Go and do it !

 

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1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 1 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

 

1. We have heard a lot about St Louis family background, thinking back to your own Childhood, what aspects of it have helped your understanding of God? 

2. What aspects do you think may have had a negative influence on your faith Journey?

3. How important is it for you to be in control of things around you?

4. St Louis is reported to have had a bad temper, what stirs your heart, what are you passionate about ?

5. Is your passion something that brings you closer to God?  Why ? Or Why not ?

6. Have you asked Mary to set a divine fire in your heart for Jesus yet? 

7. What fears do you have ( if any) about your relationship with God changing?

8. What obstacles to starting that fire might Mary find in your heart today?

 

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Day 2—

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the meditation of Day 2  from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks

 

 

 

 

1. St Louis had a great trust in God, even when things got really tough,  what is your usual first response to problems ?

2. St Louis monument was destroyed after a lot of hard work by a lot of people. Can you think of some times when you have felt severe disappointment?  How did you feel towards God at that time?

3. How do you deal with failure generally?

4. A part of Marian consecration is to trust ourselves to Mary, so she can bring us closer to Jesus.  In union with the Holy Spirit, Mary leads us. How comfortable are you in being led rather than leading? What is your preferred comfortable place?

5. To be properly led we may need to let go  of trying to be self sufficient,  thinking everything depends upon us, what parts of your daily life would be the hardest parts to let go of control over? Work ? Relationships? Finance? Reputation?

6. What is the first thing that comes to mind that you may need to be detached from?

7. Do you think you will find this hard?  Why ?

8. Many different Popes have read the original book this retreat is based on, Pope John Paul II said it was a decisive turning point in his life.  What has inspired you or influenced you to make a change?  What happened before and after? 

9. Can you think of turning points specifically in your faith life?

10. What was the Catalyst that helped you move from one place to another?

 

 

 

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Day 3

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 1 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. Are you mindful of those Baptismal promises ? What could help you keep them in mind?

2. Can you recall the last baptism you attended? What stood out to you the most? Did it feel significant or just pass by without thought.

3. Have you ever verbally committed yourself to Christ outside of a liturgy or sacrament, just in simple prayer?  

4. If so what inspired you to do so? 

5. Where do you see Evil in the world ?  Why do you think this happens?

6. Mary is fully human, she has given herself fully to doing Gods work, What have you ever given yourself fully to?

7. What do you think your life would look like if you gave yourself fully to Gods plan?

8. Is there anything in your answer that you are not comfortable with ?

9. What and Why ?  Bring it to prayer.

10. How aware are you of any sins you might commit? Do they weigh on your conscience or are they easily brushed away?

Practical task suggestion

Find out the date of your Baptism, mark it on your calendar and plan to celebrate it in some way. Maybe by going to Mass and with a meal afterwards, it should be as big a celebration as our birthdays. Maybe do the same for every member of your family.

 

 

Day 4

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 4 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. If you were to appear before God now with your merits, how full would your hands be do you think ?

2. We heard yesterday that Marys humility humbles Satan.  How do you see the difference between humility and humiliation? 

3. Think of all the conversations you have had in the last 24hrs, do they speak of gentle humility or a prideful  nature?

4. Does the idea of submitting yourself to Mary make you feel safer or vulnerable?

5. How might you talk to her in prayer about those areas you don’t feel safe?

6. Do you think its harder to be vulnerable if you are a man? Why?

7. We are placing ourselves in Marys maternal care, how does your experience with your own mother help or hinder this image?

8. What attributes of a perfect mother do you think are the most important?

9. How do you think you could deliver these better than Mary ?

10. Do you already have a relationship with the Blessed Mother?  Do you have a preconceived idea of how it should/ would be?

Practical task suggestion.

Find an Icon, statue or picture of Our Lady and place it somewhere you will see it often in your home, car or wallet.

Your earthly mother probably has you always in mind, the same is true of Mary,  maybe call your earthly mother if she is still here, and start a conversation with your heavenly one.

 

 

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Day 5

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 5 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

1. How are you feeling about handing over the value of your prayers and good actions to Mary?  Uncomfortable? Or happily willing?

2. How much do you like efficiency in your daily life?  Where do you see great examples of this?

3. How often do you find you are having to allow someone to continue with a task in an inefficient manner just because you don’t have the right to interfere?  Maybe your children and their shoelaces, or the person in the office?

4. Do you find this frustrating or do you have a peace that they will ask for your help when they realise they need it ?

5. How open are you to new ideas or ways of doing things ? Do you find change easy or challenging?

6. Mary is the most gracious and generous of Mothers, she will pour out graces on those we love and pray for even now as we prepare for the consecration, How generous would your next door neighbour consider you?

7. How generous are you with your time?  Money ?  Compliments? 

8. Read the Wedding feast of Cana John 2, besides the wine how else is Mary generous?

9. Do you have any personal experiences with answered prayers from Mary ? What happened?

10. Who have you ever generously shared these stories with ? Who could you share them with?

Practical task suggestion

Make a generous act today, buy someone lunch or simply give away the best part of yours,  buy a coffee for someone homeless and cold, take time to visit someone you know would love to see you. Email or phone someone who you’ve neglected to keep in touch with. Tell someone how much you appreciate them. There will be a hundred opportunities to be more generous.

 

Day 6

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 6 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. How often do you contemplate heaven ?

2. How do you picture your first meeting with the Trinity in heaven, who will meet you first?

3. Do you ever praise God when you are by yourself or in prayer?  Or do you find your prayer time is very intercessory?

4. Where does your relationship with God lie?  Is it a safe bet ?  An obligation ? A way to avoid Hell? Or is it something special and intimate?

5. How generous are you with your time and energy in fostering that relationship with God?

6. Have you ever been called to give at a level of generosity you felt was beyond you? Been asked for something huge?

7. How did you respond?  Where you happy with your decision?

8. What are the Limits do you think of your generosity? Do you have a limit to what you will give God?

9. How important is it that you trust the person asking you give beyond a comfortable level?

10. What have you done to foster trust in Mary in the past or recently? Do you feel you can trust her?

 

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Day 7

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 7 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

1. Do you take shortcuts if they are offered in daily life or do you like the long and thorough approach ?

2. How do you deal with little difficulties in your day ? Do you just shrug and overcome them or do you often feel the world is against you?

3. What do you consider a problem or difficulty? Something you cant overcome, something unexpected or something that delays or changes your plans?

4.  St Louis says that these little crosses are “the greatest graces and favours of Heaven”  what do you think he means by that?  How can our difficulties ever become a good thing?

5. Have you ever been told to “offer it up”? Have you ever considered offering your sufferings and challenges for someone else's problems ?

6. Do you believe this is possible? Why or why not ?

7. If we are being moulded into images of Christ, what aspect of Gods nature do you most bring into the world?

8. What aspects of your self are the least Christ like?

9. Mary is pure, generous and loving, her happiness is found in doing Gods will and her  intimate relationship with Jesus, what part of The blessed Mother would you most like to imitate?

10. What part of Imitating Mary doesn't sit comfortably….take that to prayer.

Practical task suggestion

Note every difficulty, irritation or challenge today and take a mental note to thank God for it as you face it. See just how many times you are given the opportunity to choose gratitude and trust,

 

 

 

Week 2—St Maximilien Kolbe

How are you doing so far?  If you’ve slipped behind please don’t give up, just catch up when you can. There is so much that the Lord wishes to give you through this time of prayer and through your consecration.

If you are finding it a struggle to fit in times of silence to reflect try getting up 10 minutes earlier or going to bed 10mins later, lock yourself in the loo if you have to,  there will be a force that doesn't want you to do this. Ask for help from the angels , saints and the whole of heaven that are willing you on……..

 

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Day 8

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 8 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

1. If you were to describe a saint, how would you do it, what characteristics would you think are necessary?

2. Whose faith has inspired you from your friends, family, church family?

3. What is it about them that is special ?

4. Do you ever see yourself as Holy?  Or Faith filled? Why or why not?

5. Have you ever had the question on your heart “What will become of me ?”

6. Did you receive an answer?  Do you believe that God has a plan for your life?

7. What do you think it would look like? Are you living it?

8. On your headstone will be two dates, the date you were born and the date you died, the little dash in between will stand for your whole life. What would you want that dash to stand for?

9. If you were to remembered for one thing what would it be right now?

10. What would you really love the one thing to be?

Practical task suggestion

Try to remember your confirmation Saint, find out their feast day, mark it on your calendar to celebrate it.

Try to recall why you chose that saint, if you cant remember look them up and read their story, ask for their help as you spend this time in preparation.

 

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Day 9

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 9 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

1. Do you have questions about your faith? What are they? (write them down.)

2. How hard have you searched for the answers to these questions?

3. Sometimes questions that niggle us is Gods way of inviting us to delve deeper into the mystery. There is something He wishes to reveal to you for your own journey. Have you asked God to reveal the answer to you? If not do it now.

4. How do you picture Jesus ? Do you comprehend him as fully man, completely human? Imagine what       questions you would ask if He were to sit beside you at Mass this week?

5. How comfortable would you think you’d feel  meeting Him face to face? How would it be?

6. If you would feel awkward, shy or ashamed why do you think that is? If you would feel comfortable and relaxed what has taken your relationship to this place of friendship?

7. Mary has a unique and special relationship with the Holy Spirit, How do you relate to the Holy Spirit?

8. Are you / have you ever been aware of the Holy Spirit acting with in you? May be in something you have said or a desire to be in a certain place at just the right time?  If you think not, think of some times of coincidence, or how you met your spouse or similar events like this.

9. How do you think the relationship between the Trinity is reflected in a human family?

10. Ask the Holy Spirit for a deeper understanding of who He is and where He is present to you and within you

Practical Task suggestion

Do something to show your family they are appreciated today, that maybe in words or actions. Spend a few minutes praying for each member present or passed. Thank God for those people He has given to you for this journey. Tell your children how much you love them, tell your parents that you are thankful for them. Tell your spouse how grateful you are for them…..start a Holy family!

 

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Day 10

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 1 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

 

Invite the Holy Spirit in to help you with your reflecting today...

1. Do you see Marriage as a divine institution?

2. How would you describe the perfect marriage ? Is it an evenly balanced union? Are there distinct roles?

3. Just as in a human Marriage the bond of love creates fruit, i.e. Children.  What fruit has come from your relationships with your family and other people. Have you helped them to heal, to feel loved, to grow?

4. We need the Holy Spirit to inspire us and to help us understand the works and desires of God, how do you think Mary with her intimate union help you if you ask her?

5. “Everything that is material occurs in time”  do you consider the fact that you are Body AND Spirit?

6. How do you understand the two to be combined? 

7. How does this compare to, say a spider or instinctive animal? What makes you different to other creatures, other      material things?

8. How do you think Mary might intercede with the Holy Spirit about the modern issues of Marriage, divorce, domestic violence, abortion, non marital unions ? 

9. Think of the instances of these among your friends and family, bring them by name to Our Lady for her assistance and intercession.

10. Have you noticed any changes in your heart over the last ten days ? If so why not share them with someone you can trust, and thank God for all He is giving you through this.  If you haven't then still thank God in this time for all He is doing for you through Mary and this time of prayer, trust Mary is at work with the Holy Spirit

Practical task Suggestion

If you are married make a special effort to pray with your spouse tonight for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit into your marriage. If you are single and looking...pray for your future spouse, for their purity and their journey until you meet. If you are single and not looking to marry, pray for the marriages of those around you, see how you can best support especially single parents

 

Day 11

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 11 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Give thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. We read how plants and animals return to God by fulfilling their natures, by being what they were meant to be,  who did God create you to be?  What would the perfect version of you look like?

2. We act consciously by reason and will, we are aware of our actions. How often do you act from your instinct?  React without thinking?

3. Our ability to choose and reason is because we are made in the image of God. What influences your choices the most?  Is it self motivated?  Fear?  Love?

4. Look at all three and think of times you have acted out of each of these motivations.

5. How many of your choices each day are governed by your desire to please God?

6. Do you think there should be more? What practical thing could you do to help that become a reality?

7. How do you deal with your wrong choices?  Do you ignore them? Hide them?  Put your hands straight up and confess?  Do you deny they are mistakes at all? How do you deal with other peoples faults and failings?

8. When was the last time you attended confession? When you leave that confession you are as close to Marys perfection as you will ever be…

9. Do you avoid Confession? If so why ? Pray for the courage and desire to make a full and frank confession before your consecration.

10. Do you have times where God feels close and times where God feels distant? What is the usual cause of the distance? Sin? Busyness? Stress?  What draws you back to closeness with Him?  Have you thought about this consciously before or do you tend to just ride the wave?

Practical task suggestion

Make a date for that Confession.

This is one of the most beautiful sacraments of healing. This is not a telling off but a putting down of those bad choices allowing us to experience the fullness of all God wishes to give us, to help us be as united to Him as Mary is.

What is there to ever be afraid of.

We will attach an examination of conscience to help you make a good and full confession. If you have any concerns about this, haven't been for years maybe, that’s Ok, this is your time to come back home. There will not be condemnation but rejoicing for the one that was lost but now is found!

 

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Day 12 —

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 1 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. Gods will and Our Will. How often do you ask God what His will is for you at that time of your life?

             Does a part of you worry His will won’t be the same as yours? 

2. Do you know Gods voice ?  How do you discern it is Gods voice? What helps you to know?

3. How would you describe the way you know God is speaking to you? This will be different for each of us.

4. What means of prayer have you tried in order to hear Gods voice more clearly?  Music? Scripture?  Silence?

5. How much do you trust in what you are hearing? Is it easy to play the “oh that’s not God” game when its something you really don’t want to do?

6. If Gods will had been done in every minute of your day today what would have been different do you think?

7. Have you ever experienced God asking you to do something you felt was impossible? What happened? If not think of a time when you faced something apparently insurmountable but you miraculously managed it.

8. Mary is called the Mediatrix of Grace. What is your understanding of grace?

9. All happiness, St. Maximilian says, is contained in the will of God in our lives. What makes you happy? Do material things fill that need, even temporarily? 

10. Have you discovered what truly makes you happy yet or are you still seeking?

Practical task suggestion

Find a miraculous medal, pop it in your wallet, round your neck, somewhere, on your phone if that is always in hand.

Its easy to pass off sacramentals as superstitious charms.  A catholic version of a rabbits foot.

However, the medals, beads or blessed objects do not themselves hold any special powers. They are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. For example, Holy water is related to Baptism. The Miraculous Medal is one of the Church's sacramentals. It is a physical representation of a spiritual reality. 

 “Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church's prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it. " CCC 1670. 

 

Day 13—

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 1 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. Who in your life would see you as a gift? 

2. Have you experienced God using you as a gift in a certain situation?  Perhaps you arrived at a perfect time or calmed down a tense argument, helped someone when no one could? 

3. Though you were the gift, how did it make you feel to be able to help?

4. Do you ever think God may want to do something Big with your life?  What do you think they might be?    Or are you filled and content with small unobserved acts of love?

5. Who would you like to see come to faith in your circle of friends and family? Why?

6. Can you put your hand on your heart and say you truly love God?  Enough to work for His kingdom and to bring souls home?

7. If you aren't yet there don’t worry that’s why we are placing ourselves in Marys hands. Do you need to pray for even the desire to love God in this way?

8. The biggest part of this consecration is our reliance and trust in Mary, mother of God. How do you feel about relying on anyone other than yourself? Is this a terrifying thought or one where you are happy to hand over the reigns?

9. Spend some times thinking about people you rely on, and times when trust maybe has been broken, how influenced are you by human failings with regards to trusting Mary?

10. Start a daily conversation with Our Lady about any reservations you may have, its is a lot harder to trust a stranger than someone who has become a friend.

 

Practical task suggestion

Those people who you would like to come to faith, give them a phone call.  Pray before you dial. The conversation should be as normal as it ever was, but if you feel a Holy Spirit nudge just mention this mad 33 days of prayer you are doing and leave it there.  Just think of the tiny mustard seed you have planted, you can leave the Holy Spirit to germinate it at the correct and best time.

 

  1.  What has stuck with you most from this weeks meditations?
  2.  Has anything changed in your heart or outlook this week? If it isn't obvious think harder….
  3.  Do you feel anything is possible through Our Lady's intercession or do you have reservations that any thing will change or happen? Why ?
  4.  Do you think transformation and Holiness is possible for other people but probably not for you? Why?
  5. Do you believe that God is pursuing every human being ? In what ways have you seen this in others?           How aware are you that He is pursuing your own heart? 
  6. Kolbe sees the winning of souls as a battle field, a war. How do you feel about this interpretation? Do you ever feel like you are fighting a battle of Morals or for what is right?
  7. Through her apparition in Lourdes, we know Mary as the dispenser of Gods tender Mercies, through her humility, gentleness  and love. How do you imitate these virtues?
  8. What or whom is important enough that you would  lay your life down for it?  Would you for your faith ?
  9. How much do you want to be renewed and transformed by the Holy Spirit, through Mary’s powerful intercession, for the sake of the kingdom? How much do you hesitate?

 Do you want it just enough to pray for it right now? Giving yourself like this is a radical gift, but it is well worth it, because Mary will take you and all that you have and use it to give great glory to God. Also, she’s such a gentle mother, so we don’t need to be afraid. List what you will lay at the feet of Mary. Describe how you will wrap it as a gift (symbolically) with your motivations and intentions for this coming week.

Practical task suggestion

The next time you go into your church, take a few moments in the lady Chapel, or by the statue, just internally offer yourself as a gift there. Take a small flower if you’d like to.

 

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Day 15—

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 15 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. Mother Teresas mission from God was to satiate the thirst Jesus speaks of from the cross. Think of the last time you were really thirsty, describe how that felt.

2. Thirst is to be dry, to approach dehydration, have you experienced times of dryness in your prayer? Times when it felt hard to pray and God felt distant?

3. What do you think God is doing in these times? 

4. Describe in words your own experience of darkness, or how you perceive darkness to be for you

5. Did you trust God was with you in these times or was it a time of doubt? Could you ever believe that suffering could be a gift?

6.       Do you ever think there can be anything good to come from Suffering? Why? Or why not?

7.       Can you think of any good that may have come from times or real trial, eg a deeper need for God, a clearer understanding of something, compassion for others, a change in perspective?

8.       How much of your faith is based on a belief that it will help avoid suffering ?  Where has this come from do you think?

9. Our faith can be shaken when things are dark or painful,  can you think of people who have stayed strong in their faith in the most hardest of times?  What do you think gives them that strength to still believe?

10. Thinking of Jesus on the cross during His passion, does this feel personal to you or a remote event ?

 

Practical task suggestion

Place a crucifix somewhere you can see it often, look at the different aspects of the Corpus, look at His head hung down, look at His feet, His hands.  Spend some time imagining you are truly present at the foot of the cross, what would you want to say or do?

 

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Day 16 —

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 16 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. How is an experience of thirst different to an experience of darkness?

2. Would you say you know Jesus or that you know of Him?  What is the difference ?

3. Do you think that perhaps Jesus is thirsting for love from you?

4. How often have you spent time alone with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have you just sat in the church or spent time with him in adoration?

5. Would you say you have ever experienced the gaze of love Mother Teresa talks of?  If you have sit for a moment and recall how that felt, if you haven't create the space and time somehow this week and ask The Lord to show you.

6. “He loves you even when you don’t feel worthy”  Mother Teresa writes. Do you feel worthy of this depth of love? Can you begin to comprehend the depth of it? 

7. Do you feel if you get things right, or change something about you, you could be more worthy of this kind of love?

8. “He knows you by name” do you believe God is interested in you ?  That the smallest parts of your life are of interest to Him? Or do you struggle to believe this...why?

9. Do you want to draw closer ?  Do you still have reservations or fears that need to be brought into the light?

10. Take the letter in todays meditation and find even just ten minutes to sit and read it in front of the Blessed Sacrament. If you really can’t get there sit in front of your crucifix and listen, calm the voice inside you and just listen.

Practical task suggestion

Write your own letter back to Jesus. Write about where you are thirsty for Him. Tell him about the areas that are parched and dry and waiting for His grace to flood in.

 

 

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Day 17—

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 17  from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

1. Who has turned and pointed you towards Christ in a real way?

2. How did they do that ? Was it an intentional act or were they just beautiful witnesses of God’s love?

3. Who have you shown Christ to ?  Who have you had, even the smallest part of in their journey?

4. Are you aware of The Lords desire for every soul?  Even the most lost and sinful?

5. How does that change how we should see those people ? How does this change their worth and dignity?

6. Who are the first people you thought of when you read lost and sinful?

7. What if God put it on your heart , that these were the very people He wanted you to bring home, would you deny Him ?

8. Would you think it impossible for this particular person or people?

9. Would there have been a time in your life when you would have not believed you would be on day 17 of a 33 day Consecration? That things like this were for pious or Holy people and not for you?

10. Our Ladys’ role is to bring us face to face with Jesus, what emotion do you see if you close your eyes and picture Jesus’ face?

Practical task suggestion

Look for Christ present in everyone you meet today, be aware of how He may well be present in you in your conversation, in your compassion or patience. Just be aware today of where you find that.

 

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Day 18

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 18 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

1. Mother Teresa  asks Mary “Lend me your heart”  How would Marys heart differ from your own? What benefits could you imagine to having a heart like Marys?

2. Have you experienced having a hard heart? Is there a situation that you find hard to be compassionate?

3. How do you deal with people that are difficult for you to like, never mind love?

4. Is this something you wish to change?  Even if you think you can’t?

5. Is there someone that you need to forgive? Even if they don’t deserve it?  Do you even have the desire to forgive them?

6. How different would your day look if you loved everyone you met with a pure heart like Marys?

7. Think about conversations and meetings with people, this week, when has it been hardest to love or forgive or be patient or accepting?

8. The human heart we read  represents the deeper spiritual reality of inner life, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit’s grace and love. If you were to draw your spiritual heart how would it look? Would it make a  comfortable seat or a hard and uncomfortable bench?

9. How has your relationship with the Holy Spirit grown, has it grown ?

10. How and where do you need the loan of Marys heart?  How in need of being held within Her immaculate heart do you feel?

Practical  Task Suggestion

Think of people you need to forgive, offer some small sacrifice for them today, skip a coffee, walk up stairs instead of a lift,  offer something for these people who you need the loan of Our Lady's heart  to love.

 

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Day 19

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 19 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

1. Do you think people see you as radiating Joy or do you often wear a growl?

2. Think of ten things you are grateful for, imagine your life without them.

3. If you only had today what you had thanked God for yesterday what would you have left?

4. Do you ever think of your blessings?  How fortunate you are? How often do you compare what you have to others, positively or negatively?  How does this help your gratitude?

5. What would help you to develop an attitude of Gratitude?  Would a daily examen work for you, or a gratitude journal? Or to go round your family at meal times and each say a blessing they have noticed that day?

6. Do you remember prayers that have been answered or have you forgotten that you even asked in the first place? 

7. Do you think that your prayers of petition or certain prayers haven't been answered?  Why do you think this is so?  Do you keep a note of the requests you make to God?

8. How persistant are you in prayer? Do you give in after a few days or do you trust there will be an answer and pray until you see it?

9. The examen is a great way to end your day,  you will have started to develop the habit of pondering by spending time each day with these questions. Thinking back on your day what stands out to you, what event of conversation? Spend some time on pondering what God may be saying to you through it.

10. If you have a smart phone try out an Examen app, or write out the different questions and try it for a few evenings.

Practical task suggestion

Write down a list of things you are grateful for. Write as many as you can think of.

Thank God for each one on the list and those you have failed to notice.

Start looking for those hidden blessings each day.

 

 

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Day 20

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 20 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. Do you notice if you change around certain people, are you more polite around your boss for example or more open and humorous around your work colleagues?  Which of these aspects is the truest you? 

2. How would you be if you were sat in the Kitchen with the Blessed Virgin Mary?

3. How much integrity do you think you have on a scale of one to ten?  Is it easy to do things you wouldn't do in public if no one is watching?  How do you feel after the event?

4. How faithful are you to promises you have made? Wedding vows? Time commitments?  When have you gone beyond to keep a commitment ?

5. When have you broken a promise? How did this feel? What was the outcome?

6. We have read about the difference between a contract and a covenant,  what is your experience of both?

7. Have you ever had either broken? How did it feel? How hard was it for you to trust that person         afterwards? Did affect any other relationships?

8. Looking at the list of Duties in the book, which of those under “my duties” do you find challenging?

9. Which of Marys duties do you fully trust She will deliver?  All of them? 

10. Looking at each Duty, What would that perfect covenant look like in your life?

Practical task Suggestion

Stand in front of a mirror, think about how you appear to others compared to the reality of who you are inside.

Think of the different masks you wear at Church, work or home.  To know ourselves is a big gift to our spiritual journey, how well do you know yourself ?  Where are you most yourself and what does that look like?

 

 

 

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Day 21

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 21 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

1. Do you believe that Jesus thirsts for your love?  How hard is this for you to relate to?

2. How often do you stand up to take on a task or duty because no one else seems to be willing? Or are you the person who says “its not my job”? Think of instances where you have done either or both.

3. Which of these do you think quenches the Thirst of Christ?  How easy do you find it to tell yourself that to step up is simply interfering or none of your business?

4. Have you ever had a day, event or season when you have felt chosen or special?  Why and what happened?

5. How much do you want to console Jesus?  Do you think it is within you to offer to?  What might stop you offering to help?  Pray on your answer.

6. Has your offer of help ever been rejected?  Have you rejected someone's offer of help? Why ? Has this remained with you or did you easily brush it off?

7. Who do you console in your personal relationships ?  How do you do it? How different is it to offer the same to Jesus?

8. Mother Teresa describes the greatest evil as the “lack of love and charity”  among your aquaintances who do you know is lonely? What can you do?

9. Who do you know is struggling with hurt or rejection?  How can you express your love for them? How can YOU make a difference?

10. How often have you expressed your love of Jesus directly to Him?  What words do you hold in your heart as you prepare to receive Him in Holy Communion each Sunday ?

Practical task suggestion

Seek out someone you know who is hurting or lonely or both, invite them for tea, or visit them, if this really isn't possible then call them. Write them a small card saying they are important to you and you are praying for them. Show a small act of love.

 

 

 

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Day 22

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 22 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

1. Our lady asked for the Consecration of Russia, we are all part of the Consecration of England. What would you like to see change the most in this country? What is the greatest Ill we have?

2. Can you see that there is a connection between consecrating ourselves and consecrating our country?                      What is the connection?

3. John Paul II realised there was no coincidence between the dates of the First apparition and the Shooting. What is a co incidence do you think?   Do you think Co incidences are just that or God incidences?

4. Have you experienced any co incidences in your life?  Do you believe in the “designs of providence” ?  How would you explain to a sceptical friend ?  If that’s you what would you need to be convinced?

5. St John Paul II consecration of the world to Marys Immaculate heart  was shortly proceeded by the fall of much of Communism in Europe. He also entrusted the world to Divine Mercy in 2002.  What is your understanding of Mercy? 

6. What do you see as Marys role is in helping us receive the Divine Mercy?  

7. Marys magnificat is her personal response to the great Mercy God bestowed upon her.  Mary changed the whole of man kinds destiny through her yes. Have you ever considered the ripples that radiate out from your own existence, how different the world is for your being in it?  Good  and bad

8. Read through the Magnificat  place in your own name where it says, I  or My. 

9. Note where you feel surprised at the statement,  does your soul glorify the Lord ? Are you aware that the Lord looks down on you in your lowliness?

10. Ponder how if consecration of Russia can bring down Communism, what will happen for good in our country and in our own hearts?

Practical task suggestion

Watch, download or stream the movie “13th Day” it’s a great film about the Miracle at Fatima.  Why not invite some friends round. Or people who need the company from last week ?

 

 

Day 23 —

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 23 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

 

1. Christ is the mediator, the bridge who brings into Unity Man and God, Mary has been given the role as co-mediatrix. As have we. Where is there a place of disharmony in your family or friends?  Have you ever tried to help people reconcile? How hard was it? Was it successful?

2.  What was the hardest aspect ? What motivated you to help in the reconciliation? Often its because we love the people involved and want peace and happiness for them. How do you now see Marys role as mediator?

3. Where do you see beautiful examples of earthly motherhood? What was your relationship like with your own mother? Did you know you were loved, even when you may have been disciplined? How does this colour your picture of Mary as Spiritual Mother?

4. Jesus wants Mary and all Christians to share in the Mediation through 1. Obedience, 2. Faith, 3. Hope and 4. burning Charity, which of these four is the most challenging for you right now?

5. Which of the four is easiest? How is it visible in your actions and interactions in the last few weeks?

6. Do you see Obedience as something that restricts you or do you understand it as something that sets you free? What experiences have you had that have fed that answer?

7. What is your faith founded on mostly? Feelings? Experience? Blind trust? Conditioning? Rationality? Proof? How would you explain to a stranger why you believe in God?

8. What do you hope for on an average day? What Hope do you have that comes from Gods promises? Ie Heaven, eternal life, mercy, being loved.

9. What do you think Burning Charity is? How much do you honestly put the needs of others before your own? Is this Something you find easy or is there often an internal battle to do the right thing?

10. In the last four questions, where do you most need the intercession, maternal help and unconditional love of a Mother to help you? How important is it that

 

 

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Day 24

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 24 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

 

1. Mary needed to walk by faith, pondering in her heart. I’m thinking you are probably getting more confident at pondering after three weeks of doing just that. We often really want to know an outcome before we dive in don’t we?  How comfortable are you at taking risks ?  Do you wish you were braver or happy with your caution? 

2. How does you level of bravery play out in your faith journey? Do you stick to everything you know? Or do you seek new encounters with God?

3. Has your bravery ever really paid off ? Or has you caution saved you from a disaster?  Do you think this consecration is a brave step?

4. Have you heard of FOMO ? Fear of missing out!  When have you In the past not taken a leap of faith and really          regretted it? Maybe a trip you were invited on, a retreat to somewhere, a job move perhaps or asking someone on a date?

5. What do you set as your “Must haves” to make a leap ? Do you have any? How do you discern whether to take a risk?

6. “Blessed are those rather that hear the word of God and Keep it”  How often do you read scripture? How do you       receive it?  As a story ? As instruction?  Or as a personal message.

7. How well do you prepare for the readings in Mass each week? Have you read them before hand? Or do they just float over your head and maybe parts will stick? How can you make your relationship with Gods word something more meaningful?

8. Do you have a favourite story from Scripture? A favourite character?  In what context does scripture speak directly to you? Has it ever felt like God was talking directly into your situation?

9. What do you need to make happen to enable time alone with Gods word ? This should be the most important conversation of your day. Is it ? What comes before it?

10. Get out your bible and have a flick through if you are not familiar with it, choose a stly of language your comfortable with. Hard back or soft back, one you can write in or one that has the odd illustration, Do you like a commentary and footnotes? 

Practical task suggestion

Get out your bible, or order yourself one, get a scripture app on your phone or download Universalis for the daily readings.

Try to get start a habit of listening to God through His word. It is life changing. Don’t try to start at the beginning and work your way through, just choose one book that appeals or find a bible study to join.

 

Day 25

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 25 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

Day 25

1. There are many factors here for this miracle to happen. 1, Mary notices the situation 2. Mary asks Jesus to change the situation and 3.The servants obey Marys request to do whatever Jesus tells them. 4.Jesus performs the miracle.  Read the passage and then Spend some time imagining yourself in this scene, at the Wedding in Cana.

2. Does Jesus notice the situation ?

3. Have you noticed the wine has run out?

4. Have the disciples noticed?

5. Does Jesus make a big spectacle of changing the water ?  Or is it a quiet subtle act?

6. Think now about a situation that you would like Jesus to resolve for you.

7. Can you imagine how He could possibly resolve your problem ?  Who else needs to be involved? What needs to happen?

8. Bring this situation to Mary now in prayer and ask for her Motherly intercession. Trust that Jesus will respond, and usually in ways beyond our imagination.

Practical Task suggestion

Make a list of the things that bring you Joy. Choose at least one to do today. Spend those moments in awareness of what that feels like inside. Appreciate the moments whilst you are in them and give thanks to God for it.

 

 

 

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Day 26

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 26 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

Day 26

1. Mary has the desperately painful experience of watching her son die on the cross.  Our love for our children means we would rather suffer that pain ourselves if we could take it from the child. It is another level of pain to be unable to take it away.  To love like this is to be in a place of vulnerability, we are at risk of  having our hearts broken.  Have you ever had your heart broken?

2. How has this affected you?  Were you still able to love to the same depth ? Or did you put up a wall?

3. If you put up a wall of defence, how did you come to take it down ? Have you taken it down?

4. Have you sought healing or help from the broken heart? Where did you go? Who helped you?

5. John Paul II says the New Motherhood of Mary came to maturity at the foot of the cross, at that moment she burns with love for all those that Jesus suffered and died for. What needs to be conquered in you to love more fully?

6. Are you ready yet to ask for this special grace?

7. In the upper room, Mary was sat with the disciples,  they were just sat waiting for what ever was to come. Do you have any sense of anticipation as you approach your consecration?

8. Do you have hope or trust that something new will come?  What gives you that hope? Or why not?

 

Practical task suggestion

Write a letter to yourself for Easter 2021. Write in it all your hopes and prayers. Write about all the parts of your life that need to have the Light of Christ shed on them. Seal it and put it somewhere safe. Open it up in a years time. If you are in a group, swap the sealed letters and post them to each other next year. When you open these next year you will see where God has responded, and maybe how He has responded differently to how you thought. You will also have a view of how you have grown in your faith or it may be a calling back home if you have wandered off course.

 

 

 

 

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Day 27

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 27 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

Day 27

1. Have you discovered a love for Mary over these last few weeks?  If not ask her now to help you to love her.

2. To take Mary into our homes, we’ve read is to take her into our hearts.  Has The blessed Mother become more real to you ? 

3. If not what would help you to know her better still? Can you imagine her doing day to day human tasks?

4. Yesterday we read briefly about the connection with the Mass. Christs body is intricately linked with his mothers, His human flesh came from Marys human flesh. How do you prepare your heart those moments before receiving the Eucharist?

5. How would you approach the altar if Jesus and His mother were standing there in Human form? 

6. What would be different to how you do it now?

7. How do we take Mary into our Physical houses, our homes? Will this affect the décor, how you receive guests?  Will it affect how you act, speak or dress?

8. What changes will you make in your Inner home and your physical home to take care of your relationship with Mary?

Practical task suggestion

Do you have a space for a home altar ? Look for somewhere you can keep as a sacred place. Somewhere that draws your heart and Mind to God. It can be as small as  a shelf or bigger than a cupboard with a chair!  But make a little space in your home, find a crucifix, a bible and a candle you can light.  Bring home some Holy water.

 

 

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Day 28

1. Find a quiet spot,

2. Maybe light a candle.

3. Make the sign of the Cross

4. Read the reflection of Day 28 from your book

5. Reflect.

6. Finish by giving thanks to God

 

 

 

 

Day 28

This is the last of the reflection days, the next five are a time to recall what we have learned.

1. We have read how Divine Mercy is God placing a limit on evil. Where have you seen Evil stopped in its tracks ?

2. Where have you seen people “rescued” from evil situations, either self inflicted or at the hands of another?

3. We can think of evil as always something as big as the Nazis or wars. But evil is also behind addictions,  smaller conflicts, greed, selfishness.  Where do you really want to see Divine love intercept today ?

4. What have you learnt about yourself in the last few weeks?

5. What have you learnt about Jesus?

6. How has this, or will this change things for you?

7. Are there still parts of your heart that you are holding back, things you don’t want to lay down at the foot of the cross?

8. Take some time to show them to Mary, spend a good amount of time bringing these last reservations to her for her gentle touch on them.

Practical task suggestion

Try to say a whole Rosary each day until your consecration. If it helps then get an app where they say it with you. If you fall asleep pray it while you walk or drive to work. Think of each of the mysteries as if Mary is recounting them to you herself.

 

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Day 29

 

These next and last five days are  summarizing what we have read and received in the last few weeks preparing for the consecration. Hopefully by now, if you hadn't before you have developed a sense of hearing that still small voice prompting you to take notice of certain aspects and by passing others. 

 

For the next five days reflect on each reading allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you to the words or Phrases He wants you to take note of. Listen hard, the more you hear Him the more clearer it will become.

Start each time of reflection inviting the Holy Spirit in, ask Mary to sit with you. Then ask them both to draw your attention to what the Lord wishes you to hear from the readings. Ask them to move your heart a little, at a certain passage or word. Then spend sometime in silent prayer asking God to reveal what He wants to say to you personally. 

Which of the words Passion, Baptism or Gift particularly draw you to them…. ?

 

 

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Day 30

Revisiting St Maximilian Kolbe

Today we are reflecting on Kolbes thoughts on;

1. Mystery

2. Militia

3. Love

 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols gave us a helpful point to dwell on over the weekend. He reminded us that in times of drought plants dig deeper to find water. The sacraments are visible signs of inward and invisible graces, this is the time for us to dig deeper and tap into that invisible well. We didn't know it but our well has been dug deeper and given a bigger capacity over the last four weeks, I think in preparation for just this time.

 

Try to think of where you have been most touched, what has shifted in your heart since the beginning?

There were many Catholics in the Consecration camps like St Maximilion Kolbe who couldn’t receive the Eucharist, ask for their prayers, spend some time thinking of when we haven't been as grateful or appreciative of the gift of the Eucharist.

 

If you are finding you have more time, or are isolating start to spend some time reading the passion of Christ.  This palm Sunday, in fact Easter will be very different this year, it can still be a moving and special time of encounter. What a great time to reflect on the connection between Christ on the cross and The sacrifice of the Mass.

 

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Day 31

Revisiting St Mother Teresa

Today we are reflecting on Mother Teresas words on

1. Thirst

2. Heart

3. Covenant

 

Maybe today you are aware of your thirst for community, companionship for Jesus himself in the Eucharist. Dwell on it today, where and what are you feeling a thirst for. You have a special gift to offer Jesus today that you wouldn't have had in normal circumstances. Offer your thirst and your hunger to Him, We have the opportunity to unite with him in an exceptional way this week.

Spend some time realising where you are thirsting for Him.

 

I have added today the Mother Teresa Meditation on Thirst, its beautiful read it slowly and absorb the message

Or even better sit with your eyes closed and listen to it being read.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRVu1exlui0

 

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Day 32

Today we revisit St John Paul II’s  writings

His three words are ;

1. Mother

2. Entrust-acration

3. Mercy

 

I have another practical for you today, lets try to visualise ourselves present at the passion of Christ.

If you have a Netflix  account look for “The passion of the Christ” it is graphic and painful to watch but very moving. It is also available on DVD , and I think on Youtube for free but not always great quality.

There are so many resources available to you just now as  the whole church works to keep the faith strong. Check out Formed.org. they are offering 40 days for free access to movies, talks and books to download. It is a great resource with  many child friendly  movies and programmes.

 

I have written a simple meditation for you if you just want to simply sit and read……..

Passion meditation 

 

We are going to walk Jesus passion with him, place ourselves next to him as he suffers for our salvation.

In a way we are consoling his heart. Be aware that each of us were in the fathers mind during the Passion, each of us is desired so strongly by God,  to be intimately united to Him through the son and through his passion.

 

Because the effects of these events are eternal and outside time, each time we meditate on the crucifixion we are joining Jesus in his trials and suffering. Just as Mary did.

 

So close your eyes, get your self really comfortable and concentrate on your breathing, breathe deeply,

imagine you inhale the Holy Spirit with each breath, and on every exhale you release your ties with this world and enter into one with Christ. 

 

Firstly we find ourselves in the garden of gethsemane, it's a heavy heat, an oppressive heat, as though a thunderstorm is expected at any moment, you are aware the air is heavy with all that is still to come in the following hours.  Look around, stony dusty soil, olive trees, stars, where is Jesus?  Do you see him ?  He catches your eye briefly as he kneels to pray,  what is going on in your heart, what are you feeling right now, fear, love, take a moment to identify what you are feeling.  Does Jesus want you to join him, to sit beside him or is he asking you to stay back, allow him space, you can see the torture etched onto his face, as he lies face down in the dust in full submission to the will of his father, do you approach, do you lie face down beside him where are you in this scene ?

 

Jesus asks you to comfort Him, tell him what this means to you, this sacrifice he is making for you. Tell him about the people who will be saved, what it means to man kind, take your time to have this conversation.

 

Pause for a while, stop here and come back later if necessary.

 

Having seen Jesus arrested you stand in the crowd waiting for his release from Pilate, with a sick feeling you can see what is about to happen, you have seen this before, as his hands are tied to a post with the roughest rope, where are you standing, are you behind the crowd ?  Look for Mary, where is Mary stood ? She is stood at the very front, she is holding the gaze of her son as you come to stand beside her he looks to you, and as the soldiers start to whip and tear the flesh from his body he is holding your gaze, it says that he is taking  comfort from your presence there with him, that he willingly suffers this for you alone, that this is how you are loved, if you are willing walk up, take his face in your hands, kiss him, forget the crowd around you, all the

people looking on, be present to him as he is present each and every moment to you.  Comfort him

 

Pause for that conversation to happen

 

Mary is holding your hand and you are both pushing through a static crowd, hundreds of jeering people, don't let go of Mary's hand, she wishes you to console her son too, she is leading you to a place of encounter, a place on this journey where you can once again show him love when so many around have abandoned Him.  Hold her hand tightly, she will pull you through to a place in the crowd where you can meet Him again,  there it is, amongst all these jeering and baying people a space where you can stand and watch him approach, the cross digging into his shoulder, the thorns piercing the brow you kissed at the scourging, stand next to Mary and wordlessly offer him your heart, he is unable to stop with you for long here, it is a fleeting acknowledgement between you of your willingness to accompany him, to be love in amongst fields of hate. The soldiers kick and whip him to move on from you,  cherish those few moments, promise him now many more moments, where you will just stop and offer him love in your day.  The next time you meet he will be on the cross

Pause

 

As you approach the top,of the hill you can see him, you can see him because he has been raised up on a cross, you can barely reach his feet, look up at him, stand beside Mary and look up at the depth of love Jesus has for you, how can you console him from where you are, how can you reach him from this place at his feet,  go closer, look at his feet, wipe them, stroke them, kiss them, what ever you feel most called to do to console him from where you are. 

 

Get close enough to hear him whisper, " I thirst". .....thirst for you ......... How can you quench the thirst Jesus has for you ?  From this place on the ground ? As he answers behold your mother,  look to Mary, Mary knows how much her son desires you, Mary takes you up, lifts you like the smallest child lifts you high enough to be face to face with Jesus, he is tired he is fading, it is now that you can in some small way give to him, when his humanity is unable to physically give to you hold him as he fades.  Mary eases you down, back to the ground

 

As he is brought down from the cross into Mary's arms, sit beside her, look to her face, share what she feels. Her perfection shows how we are to react to this, we can trust Mary. 

 

Spend some time in silence sat with them both

 

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Day 33—

Here we are, Day 33.  You’ve done it ! 

Please share with us how you’ve found it, an uphill struggle or has it been easier as you went on.?

I don’t know how prepared you feel but I think its Ok to trust you are where you are meant to be right now.

If you still have questions, that’s fine. All will be revealed when the moments right. Our Lady knows your heart.

Spend some time with the statement today and I would recommend a rosary.  If it helps get an app to say it with or join one of the live rosaries being prayed around the world right now.

If it helps further try a scriptural rosary

https://www.scripturalrosary.org/BeginningPrayers.html

https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/scriptural-rosary.html

 

However you feel called to do it, give some set aside time to prepare your heart for tomorrows consecration.

Tomorrows consecration isn't going to be a big affair like we had planned, but that is OK, it’s a personal act of entrustment and that counts with or without a liturgy and an audience.

 

 

 

Below you will find the current day's video which can be watched or listened to whilst you are reading from the booklet. Beneath the video for the day you will find all the back videos so that you can catch up and join with the retreat at anytime 

Day 1

Day 4

Day 7

Day 10

Day 13

Day 16

Day 19

Day 22

Day 25

Day 28

Day 31

Day 2

Day 5

Day 8

Day 11

Day 14

Day 17

Day 20

Day 23

Day 26

Day 29

Day 32

Day 3

Day 6

Day 9

Day 12

Day 15

Day 18

Day 21

Day 24

Day 27

Day 30

Day 33