Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life

"FInding God in all Things"

The Incarnation - Tetlow

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Discovering God’s love of and longing to embrace our humanity.


Preparing for this period of Prayer


I come to the moment of Jesus Christ's con­ception in my humanity. As always, I enter into God's presence and feel His gaze of love and longing rest on me, and I offer to Him my whole self. Then I do three things:


First, I remember the "history" that I am praying about: The Holy Trinity knows the whole world of humankind and sees how we are ravaging the earth, making life terrible for one another, and turning many of ourselves into ruins. Out of God's infinite and eternal love, the Father sends the Son down to enter into all this, to save it. And then they send the an­nouncement to our Lady Mary.


Second, I compose myself, as I have done before, in this real world. I am utterly em­bedded in humanity and in all that goes on. And after seeing the whole of earth, I bring myself to Nazareth in Galilee, where Mary stays.


Third, I ask for what I want.





What I want right now is a deep and intimate knowl­edge of Jesus. I want a strong love for Him. And I want to follow where He goes.



The Setting


Then I cover these three points in some way or other—by fantasy, meditation, or contem­plation—and after I have worked through them, I consider what it all means to me, to my life world, and to the whole of the human race.


First, I look at all the people on the earth— races and ethnic groups; some at desks and some at wars; they laugh, play, weep, struggle; they are infants, grown, dying. I watch God watching all this, and I wonder what God feels. I see Mary staying in Nazareth.


Second, I listen to the riot of sounds— music and machines; friends chatting and enemies reviling; typewriters and hand grenades; mobs and riots. I listen to God's thoughts: "Let us save all these people . . ." And I hear the announcement to Mary.



Third, I move into the frantic activities of earth—speeding, constructing, fighting, playing, blowing up buildings, riding horses, flying jets, all too often destroying human life or the humanity in living per­sons. I see God working busily, initiating the Incarnation, laboring among human­kind. And I see the angel announce the message and the Lady bow in acquies­cence.



At the end, I will consider what I ought to say to God the Lord, or to the Lady, or to Jesus, who now lives forever in my humanness. I close with an Our Father.


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[adapted from Joseph Tetlow, S.J., “Choosing Christ in the World”]