Yesterday was the second gathering of the Lent Retreat in Daily Living I am offering at UST Law School this Lent. The theme of the retreat this year is Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.
Last week the retreatants spent the week with prayer material designed to help them get in touch with God’s overwhelming and unconditional love of us. As we typically do, the retreatants spent the first part of our time together sharing in small group something of their prayer experience over the past week. We then addressed any questions or difficulties that may have arisen over the course of the week and also talked about how important the subject of last week’s prayer was to our lives as Christians.
Following that, I gave a reflection on the subject of this week’s prayer: Getting to Know the Jesus in Whose Footsteps We Wish to Follow. As I suggested during my talk, what we are doing during this second week of prayer is a short version of Week 2 of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, where the focus is on Jesus. Ignatius wants us to know Jesus and fall so deeply in love with Him that we cannot imagine being anyplace other than with Him.
During my talk, I focused on various ways in which Jesus was a model for Christian discipleship, including regarding prayer, compassion, and humility. I also spoke about some of Jesus’ central teachings, including love of enemies, forgiveness and putting God first.