Joy Aker, another spiritual director on this week’s Directed Retreat, shared a beautiful opening reflection and prayer with the retreat group last Sunday. We’re including a portion of it here for you to use during your personal meditation time too. Maybe it can serve as a mini-retreat for you today?

As We Begin our Retreat We Quiet Ourselves & Prayprayer, sun

Into the quiet God calls you

Calls you each by name

Into the quiet God calls you

Enter God’s dwelling

God’s love foretelling

On this day of days

~From the song, Into the Quiet, Liam Lawson & Tony Alonso

Psalm 62: 1,2, 5-10, 12

Truly my soul finds rest in God;

my salvation comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will never be shaken….

  Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

  my hope comes from him.

  Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

  he is my fortress, I will not be shaken….

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus,

As I enter into this time of quiet,

I place my trust in you.

During this time of retreat, quiet my soul and open

my heart and my mind that I may receive all the graces

you would have for me this week.

I ask you to please clear my mind and heart of worry and

fear, that I may make room for You; that I might listen

attentively; and that I may truly enter the quiet, and rest

in your great love for me.

Amen