Waiting for the Spirit Online Retreat Day Seven

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Welcome to Day Seven of Waiting for the Spirit! This online retreat leads us from Ascension to Pentecost. Feel free to post your reflections in the comments area below each day’s content as we encourage one another in prayer.

The Grace I Seek

I pray for the grace to recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life.

Come, Holy Spirit Prayer


Read today’s Scripture readings: May 28, 2020, Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter.

Ricardo Grzona, FRP, reflects on today’s Gospel, John 17:20–26. Grzona is the author of Lord, You Called Me.

For Further Reflection

Vinita Wright is inspired by Acts 22 to reflect on the chaos in our days.

Take some time to ponder the message that God shares with you today through the Scripture readings and reflections. When you are ready, proceed to the closing prayer.

Closing Prayer

Offering My Legacy to God

by Vinita Wright

God of the Universe,
you have created me to be a person who makes an impact.
Because of my friendship or leadership or simple presence,
others’ lives are changed.
Of course, I rarely will see such change or know about it,
but I cannot deny that my life makes some kind of difference.
May this knowledge urge me, more than ever,
to live as a person who loves others,
as a person on fire for a world that is holy and beautiful.
Just as St. Ignatius could not control the circumstances
and the changing directions of his life,
I cannot see ahead or manipulate my life course.
But I can say yes to your power in my life.
I can say yes to the road that appears before me this day.
I can, and do, offer to you my legacy.
May I be free to allow this legacy to be what you make of it.


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  1. Thank you to the Holy Spirit who inspired me to offer a kind gesture to someone who makes me uncomfortable and I think this person greatly appreciated it.

  2. Thanks to Ricardo and Vinita for the reflections on todays Gospel. I am a reader so the printed word in Ricardo’s talk made me think more. Vinita is always great. The closing prayer is inspiring.

  3. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and prayers for each one of us and the whole world.I love you Jesus and one way if showing that I love you is for sharing the blessings you have given me and my family.it involved a lot of financial help esp in my country of origin the Phil. Helping my relatives my friends and the church in my own little ways.Thank you and God Bkess us All

  4. May the Holy Spirit make me courageous enough to do the will of the Lord at all times.

    Thank you Ricardo and Vinita for today’s reflections and prayers.

    Come Holy Spirit, come.

  5. Thank you for coming to me daily during this time. You have made the readings come alive in my lifel I need to be one in thought, word and deed from the beginning of life to the end. We live the Trinity. May we all be one. May the Spirit come forth in my life and give me the insight and love that I need to reach out to others.

  6. Thank you very much Vinita and Ricardo, may we become one in Christ and be disciples that touch the lifes of those around us.

  7. Thank you very much for the practical way you used lectio divina for this scripture passage –
    Spending time to read in this way allows us to move from reflection prayer and to action to help our neighbour.

    Thank you also for your words which flow in your prose and relate so well to both our fragility and courage

  8. Given our world as we know it today, I found this particular day to be overwhelming in thought and the prayer that Vinita wrote Also to Ricardo it struck a cord with me. We all need to work together.


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