Welcome to Week 1 of Faith Refreshed, an online retreat to help us “hit the refresh button” in our spiritual lives so that we might better see things we weren’t previously seeing and return to our lives and ministry with a new outlook! Throughout this retreat, I will draw from my best-selling book, A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe, as we revisit the four pillars of our Catholic faith and invite the Holy Spirit to refresh our understanding of the basics of our faith and renew us in our efforts to proclaim the Good News more effectively to others.
God’s Revealing Moments (Human Desire, Revelation, and Faith)
Open yourself up to God’s presence through this 3-Minute Retreat: God Revealed.
Pray the Suscipe of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
Think of a time when someone revealed a deep secret about him- or herself to you. What a privilege to have someone bare one’s soul to us! Moments like that can change the relationship and change the people in the relationship.
We can only get to know people when they choose to reveal themselves to us. Each of us has an innate desire to come to know God better. Luckily, God is not shy about revealing himself to us! Since the creation of the world, God has been freely revealing himself to us so that we can come to know him better. That’s what we mean when we talk about revelation; it is the act of God revealing himself to us so as to enter into a deeper relationship with us. What a privilege for us! We summarize this revelation in our Creed, which is the first pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Read prayerfully and slowly the following Scripture stories in which God reveals himself to his people. Which of these stories resonates with you most? Why?
- Genesis 12:1–9 (the call of Abraham)
- Exodus 3:1–14 (the call of Moses)
- Isaiah 6:1–10 (the call of Isaiah)
- Jeremiah 1:4–10 (the call of Jeremiah)
- Matthew 4:18–22 (the call of the first disciples)
- Luke 1:26–38 (the call of Mary)
- Mark 15:33–39 (Jesus dies on the Cross.)
- Acts of the Apostles 9:1–9 (the call of Paul)
When God reveals himself to us, our lives change. We come to recognize that life is not about us but rather is about what God is doing in our lives. This realization calls us to respond with humility. It calls us to learn how to pray the words, “thy will be done.” Revelation calls us to be aware of and responsive to God’s initiative. Since God’s very self has been and is being revealed to us, it means that we are called to pay attention to how and when that is happening so that we become capable of, as Ignatian spirituality phrases it, “finding God in all things.” Take the time today to pay attention to how God is revealing himself to you—in prayer, through others, through experiences, or through the natural world.
Meditation Song: “How Great Thou Art”
Choose one or more of the following questions, and share your thoughts with your fellow online retreatants by adding your comments in the “Leave a Reply” box below this post.
- Which Scripture passage above resonates most with your experience? Why?
- How easy or hard is it for you to reveal yourself to others?
- How does it make you feel to know that God eagerly reveals himself to us?
- How has your life changed/is your life changing as a result of God revealing himself and his will to you?
- When was a time that God truly revealed his presence or will to you?
- How might God be trying to get your attention right now in your life?
Lord, God, since before I was born, you have been longing to be in relationship with me. Help me to recognize the many ways you are revealing yourself to me and calling my name. Help me to respond to your invitation to love you by loving others. Please give me the grace I need to pray the words that your Son, Jesus, spoke in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Your will be done.”
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
- A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe
- Recognizing God
- How to Recognize Jesus
- Staring Our Way to Recognition
- Rummaging for God: Praying Backwards Through Your Day
CCC References: 26–100
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