Sunday, August 30, 2009
Making Your Meditation
1. Prepare the night before by reading over the passage on which you wish to meditate. When you have read it over you could make notes, either mentally or in writing, of the points that seem to be particularly applicable to yourself and your relationship with God.
2. In the morning start your meditation kneeling up. Ask God to help and enlighten you during your meditation. Read over your passage again. Then start with one of the points you picked out last night and think of what you might say to God about it.
3. Either go on kneeling or sit up, but get reasonably comfortable, though stay upright and decorous.
4. Begin to make a few formulated prayers to God, leaving spaces between them when your thoughts can rise to God words or God can speak to you inspiring you with new insights and convictions.
5. Go on taking points and treating them as above. Do not think that you have to be ceaselessly active. The periods of wordless communication with God should grow until they take over your meditation.
6. Be particularly alert for, and encourage in yourself, moments of inspiration from God which will help you to new perspectives, new Christian insights, greater charity.
7. Towards the end of your meditation start thinking about a resolution you could make to carry the insights of the meditation into the day. It’s a good idea to keep this resolution simple.
8. Kneel down and thank God for your meditation. Ask Our Lord and Our Lady’s help with your resolution.