Many things have been canceled, postponed, or reimagined in the past six months of this pandemic. I’m sure that you missed either a vacation, special event, community life in your church, or some other good things for your soul. While many things may look different, one thing remains the same–God. God never changes. So, I invite you to take a tiny break right now to walk along the beach with me, listening to the waves, seagulls, and a 5-minute meditation. This video is a mini virtual retreat just for you, with the meditation also written below to read along if you wish. So, relax and reconnect with your heart and the Lord.
Welcome to Your 5-minute Virtual Retreat
Get into a comfortable position.
Place your hand over your heart.
Take a moment to relax yourself by focusing on your breathing:
Take a slow deep breath through your nose and count to five as you inhale;
Picturing the air going to the very bottom of your lungs;
Now release the air and count to seven.
Continue this controlled breathing again as you listen to the rolling of the ocean waves,
and enter into a time with the Lord.
Breathe deep of His goodness.
Ask the Lord to open your eyes, mind and heart to Him, to hear His voice.
Let Him breathe life into your spirit.
Feel God’s presence. His nearness to you.
Fall back into His arms.
Feel the strong arms of the God of the Universe surrounding you.
Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Whatever may be causing fear, stress, worry, or anxiety in your life
cannot separate you from the love of God.
St. Teresa of Avila wrote:
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”
St. Teresa’s poem is the perfect prayer to move away from that which may
try and steal your peace back to our loving Father.
Fix your eyes on Him.
God is the constant amidst all the changes.
He is your Eternal home, everything else is passing.
He is what is stable amidst the uncertainty.
Know that God is here with you, now and always. You are never alone.
Even amidst pain, suffering, evil, corruption, crisis, and death God is here.
Call to mind your blessings right now.
Decide to see the good, as St. Teresa of Calcutta did.
St. Teresa made a “deliberate act, a conscious decision to live in hope and love,” Fr. Leo Maasburg.
Right now, make a decision to live in hope and love.
Each day, recommit to this decision.
Don’t get swept away in the traps of distraction, the mires of negativity, or the snares of fear;
but trust fall into the Ocean of God’s mercy.
Take comfort in a mercy that knows no limits.
Christ told St. Faustina:
From all of My wounds, like from streams, mercy flows for souls,
but the wound in My Heart is the fountain of unfathomable mercy.
From this fountain springs all graces for souls.
The flames of compassion burn Me.
I desire greatly to pour them out upon souls.
Speak to the whole world about My mercy.”
Close your eyes for a moment as you listen to the rushing water.
See the water flowing from the fountain of Christ’s Sacred Heart.
Extend your hands and feel the springs of grace pouring out on them.
Open your fingers and let the waters stream through them.
Step closer to Christ’s Sacred Heart and let his healing waters wash over you.
Soak up the grace, peace, and restoration that your heart needs.
Stay with the Lord.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.John 15:4-5
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.”
Apart from Him you can do nothing;
so, remain in union with Christ and go forth in His love.
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