Spiritual Exercises

Seeking to become more like Jesus

one day at a time.

one week at a time.

Week #6 – God’s Call to Me

“Only when we are really free can we hear God’s call. This week, we reflect on how God calls us right now in the concrete particulars of our lives. Do not worry about making big decisions or changing the way you live. That may come later. Instead, simply marvel that God calls each of us specially. Listen not only to the call but also to the One who calls.” – Kevin O’Brien

This week, we pray for the following graces: a sense of gratitude for the many ways God is reaching out to me.

“It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but a doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
-Mary Oliver, “Praying”

[The vast majority of these exercises come from Kevin O’Brien’s wonderful book/resource]

“What do you want me to do for you?” – Mk. 10:46-52

Spend some time with this story of Jesus healing this man and ask yourself what you’d like Jesus to do for you right now? What is your heartfelt response?


Read Jeremiah 1:4-10

All of us can find reasons why we feel like God may not want to speak to us or have plans for us. But, we often see God’s persistence in working with us, in spite of our fears or objections. Spend some time reading what God has to say to Jeremiah today.


Read Jeremiah 29:11-14 (“I know the plans I have for you”)

As you consider making this journey with God into the deeper parts of winter, ask yourself what plans you have for yourself. Now, ask yourself what plans you feel God has for you. Better yet, spend some time in quiet reflection, considering what God desires for you.


Read Luke 5:1-11

Listen to Jesus speak to Simon Peter on the shore (and you) as you hear him say these words, “Do not be afraid?” Ask: Where do I experience God calling me in the midst of my daily life?


Read John 1:35-39

Listen to Jesus say to the disciples, and to you: “What are you looking for?” What is your response today? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?


Savor the graces

Take some time to enjoy God’s presence today, and reflect: where has God been speaking to you this week, encouraging you, and seeking to lead you to a deeper life.

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