Prayer for the Twenty Sixth Meeting

Twenty-Sixth Meeting

Lord, once again we have journeyed through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius under the guidance of your Spirit and we have accompanied one another on that journey.
At times, prayer has been an awesome time of new insights, inspiration, a clear call to action, a keen desire to become more and more like you. At other times, prayer has been difficult and we have been unable to grasp what you might be asking of us.
As we shared our prayer experience, you have taught us that through attentive listening to one another and to the whisperings of your Spirit within us, we can share our journey by offering compassion, encouragement, affirmation, and often a clearer understanding of the words you speak to us deep in our hearts. You have graced us in many ways and we thank you for all the blessings we have received. May we always be your presence to those whom we encounter on our path. Thank you for calling us and trusting us to be your faithful messengers.
This past week, Lord, we have contemplated the wealth of gifts that you have bestowed on us: the gift of life; the beauty of Creation; food for our bodies, minds and souls; our strengths and talents; our intellectual capacity to learn; our physical senses which allow us to know and appreciate the wonders that surround us. We thank you for the gifts of faith, hope and trust in you and most of all, we thank you for your gift of salvation. You, our Lord and our God, suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sins. How can we ever thank you for loving us so much?
All that we are and all that we have, Lord, is total gift from you. We offer ourselves entirely to you. We praise you, we love you, we adore you and we long to be with you in your Kingdom for all eternity. Thank you, Lord, for being with us on our journey, for without you, we would surely lose our way. Amen.