I’m an early riser, and have been since I was a kid. Praying first thing in the morning comes easily to me, and it’s part of my daily rhythm. But some days, it’s hard to focus, even with my cup of coffee, so I began visiting Loyola Press’ website and using their three minute retreat. Is that all it takes? Yes, and I’ve actually found that on some crazy days, I have to slow myself down or I would have it done in two. Of course, you could also stretch it out to, say, five minutes if you wanted to.
Following Ignatian Spirituality, these short refections begin with a beautiful image. With some instrumental music if you like, you’ll scroll through a Scripture passage, a brief reflection, and them some challenging questions. The retreat ends with a short prayer that generally asks the Lord’s help in integrating the day’s theme into our daily lives.
You can do your retreat in the morning, like I do, or at any other time that suits you. So many of us don’t find time for God in the business of our daily living. If that sounds like you, why don’t you try doing these little retreats for the next week. See what a difference it can make.