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1. BEGIN WITH THE SIGN OF THE † CROSS—"MAY THE WORD OF THE LORD BE ON MY MIND, ON MY LIPS, AND IN MY HEART."

2. COMPOSITION OF PLACE—

"VISIO DIVINA" OR SEEING WITH HEART'S EYES (Optional)

I suggest this image of Joseph The Carpenter with child Jesus by Georges de La Tour, c. 1642. The experience of beholding a La Tour is likened to looking at the sunset; your eyes are glued to the dimming sun. Take a seat and quietly gaze and marvel at this masterpiece by someone who went through a similar crisis. Ten years after painting this, Georges de La Tour and his family perished in an epidemic in Lunéville France. GUIDED MEDITATION—1—Does it evoke any feeling of the darkness surrounding you these days? Focus on your breathing and feel the silence evoked in you.—2—Move your attention towards the candle light. Feel in your eyes or palms the warmth. Look at those dirty fingernails. Ask for forgiveness and healing.—3—Notice too the straight flame unperturbed by Joseph's breath. Imagine the heart of God aflame with divine love for you.—4—Join in! The light leads the way as you enter the scene. As you move closer towards Jesus' glowing face you likewise move away from the cast shadows. Look at that face with a bright smile. Thank him briefly.—5—Now, tell Jesus quietly your heart's desires. Imagine his gaze shifting on you. You may opt to close your eyes. Listen to the Lord as he speaks. "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD" (Ps 46:10). Use this image as a screen wallpaper on your mobile.
3. 'TODAY, IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS'—EVER IN SCRIPTURE, IT IS THE HEART THAT PRAYS. (Choose the Gospel Reading for the day for your "lectio divina"*—choose a word or a line—ponder—listen—thank God—surrender.)

Nota bene: Next day mass readings are available every 3:00 PM Philippine Time (PHT) +0800 UTC.

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Readings at Mass - 29 Nov 2020

4. "FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING TO US TODAY THROUGH YOUR HOLY WORD."

Choose one from the suggested reflection question/s to deepen self-awareness.
There are two sets: the days of the week or the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

THE EXAMEN PRAYER at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality Philippines [www.cisphil.org]

BLESSING

"MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN." The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties (CCC 2157). Throughout the day be mindful of your reverential silence. "If we do not understand silence, we do not understand God."

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