Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Adult Playlist 6

God made you out of love, and God made you for love.

Sometimes, it's very hard for us to believe that God loves us unconditionally, totally, completely, no matter what.

The offerings below will help you receive God's unimaginable love for you.

Our love for each other reflects God's love for us.  As God loves us, we are called to share that love with others.  

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)

 

Here are some Scripture passages about God's amazing love for you:

                       Isaiah 43:1

                       Ephesians 3:16-19

                       Romans 8:38-39

                       Isaiah 54:10

                       1 Corinthians 13:4-7

                       Psalm 36:5-7

                       Jeremiah 31:3

Here are some blog articles about what God's love for us is like:               

                        God, You Love Me

                       God's Love Languages  

                       Letting God Love Us

                       I Will Never Take Back My Love

Here's a book suggestion:

                      Awakening Love by Gregory Cleveland, OMV is an adaptation of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises through the lens of the Song of Songs, which is a biblical book of love poetry. 

 

Dynamic Catholic's take on the difference love makes:  What Is Love?

From Ascension Presents:

                         God the Father Loves Each of You

                         Love is an Ability

And here's a beautiful short film about how nothing can separate from God's love, from Nooma:  Lump.

Spend an hour listening to Sister Miriam James Heidland's talk Intimacy With God:  Receiving the Heart of the One Who Loves Us. 

 

Cory Asbury, Reckless Love

Pentatonix, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Lauren Daigle, Salt and Light

Lauren Daigle, Love Like This

Jesse Manibusen, Maria

Matt Maher, Your Love Is Extravagant

Tauren Wells, Fully Known

What Wondrous Love Is This

The Love of God

Hillsong Worship, What A Beautiful Name

 

Here are some things to reflect on during your prayer time.  They can also serve as journal prompts.

  • Name in gratitude the ways you feel loved by others in your life.
  • Name in gratitude the ways you feel loved by God.
  • Is it ever hard for you to feel lovable?
  • Can you imagine God looking at you with complete love, and can you receive God's loving gaze?
  • How do you allow God's love to flow through you to others?

 

3-Minute Retreats from Loyola Press:

                       God Loves Us

                       How Love Works

                       Remember God's Love For You

Audio Meditations from God In All Things (about ten minutes each):

                       Beloved

                       Intimately Created

For a mid-day prayer break, try this Lunch Time Examen from Ignatian Spirituality.  There are six 8-minute sessions in the series (so you could try doing one a week each week of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, 2/17).

 

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 2/17.  Make a decision about how you want to practice the Lenten disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving this year.  To get you started, check out this list of 25 Great Things You Can Do For Lent.

SUBMIT AN IDEA FOR A FUTURE PLAYLIST:  Where have you seen love in action?  Have you heard about a story in the news or on social media that shows what love looks like?  Is there a quote, song, or reading that reminds you of what real love is?  Do you have a picture or image to share that shows someone living out love?  Share your ideas HERE!  We'll be including all your ideas in a future playlist.

 

Virtual Retreat from God In All Things:  Praying With Ignatius, An Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises.  Retreat runs from Fri. 2/19 through Sun. 2/21 and includes five live talks via Zoom, handouts with prayer prompts, music, Scripture, and sharing.  Suggested cost is $100.

A few ideas for Lent from Loyola Press:

                       Arts and Faith for Lent Visual Prayer Experience:  weekly 3-minute audio/visual reflections that use artwork to explore Lenten stories

                       Sign up for Living Lent Daily -- you'll receive an email reflection for each day of Lent 2021. 

Best Lent Ever from Dynamic Catholic will send you daily video reflections that take you through Matthew Kelly's book I Heard God Laugh.

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)