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THE GARDEN OF GOD - Retreat #2 in the Everyday

Updated: Feb 26

God’s Ongoing Creation - Living in God

In the opening of one’s prayer time St. Ignatius taught that we as enter into a prayer period we begin with a prayer request for grace to have all our intentions and desires directed towards what will bring praise and glory to God, for our service in Christ.


The Preparatory Prayer St. Ignatius recommends each time to ask for this grace. The Preparatory Prayer he recommended each time is: “I ask God our Lord for grace that all my intentions, actions, and ways may be directed purely to the praise and service of God.” You can write your own version from this example.

He also recommended we are to ask for specific graces depending upon our circumstances or based upon the scriptures such as the theme of this mini retreat – God is Love loving. For example to experience the reality of God’s ongoing, active, unconditional love for me. __________________________________________________


Experience the wonder of the reality of God’s creation; and for an increase in gratitude for the gift of God creating the world and all who have been and who here with me today.

Write your own based upon what you desire – what do you truly desire - what do you want or need from God about how God is Love loving you now and at every moment, always without fail.

For example: My desire is to


God is a God of surprises, let God surprise you!

Review of Prayer Time & Methods

Imaginative Contemplation

An Ignatian contemplation prayer method is entered into naturally when we are using our God given gift of imagination when there is activity. We come to image what is going on in scripture passage, who is there, what the environment looks and sounds like’ we engage as a participant to experience being there. This brings the past present allowing us to be transformed by the reality of Christ’s loving action.

Imaging the Composition of Place & Application of the Interior Senses

What do you see?

What do you hear?

What do you smell?

What do you feel?

What do you taste?


Reading: What does the text say?

Reflecting: What is God saying to me through the text?

Responding in Prayer: What do you want to say to God about the text?

Action: What do you want to do based on your prayer?


Take notice of your thoughts, feelings, desires, images, insights while praying

  • Select a section, a word or phrase that stands out for you.

  • What came up for you during this prayer time.

Select one of these passages above to re-read, as if God is speaking directly to you.

  • What image do you have of God as He speaks to you?

  • What does God’s presence feel like?

  • How does God see you now?

  • What feelings came up for you as you reread these words?

Close of your Prayer Time
  • Share with God, Jesus, Mary your responses to being with them during your prayer time ( a Colloquy)

  • End with a vocal prayer - Our Father, Hail Mary, and / or Glory Be.



The Garden of God (Gen 2: 4-6,8-9)

The Garden of Eden. 4 This is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens— 5 there was no field shrub on earth and no grass of the field had sprouted, for the Lord God had sent no rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the ground, 6 but a stream was welling up out of the earth and watering all the surface of the ground— 8 The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and placed there the man whom he had formed. 9 Out of the ground the Lord God made grow every tree that was delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.