Outline & Calendar
of the 19th Annotation Journey
His 40 Days - Our 4 Weeks
Preparing Our Souls - Jesus prepared 40 days in the desert after His baptism before beginning His ministry. So too, we are called to prepare before we begin this long journey of being with His life on earth as His companion. These Disposition Days are for our hearts to experience more fully the unconditional love that springs forth endlessly from God as His beloved.
His 3 Decades, 3 Years, 3 Days - Our 30 Weeks
Entering into the 30 Week Intensive Retreat is to come to an internal and personal knowingness of who Jesus was and is. Here in the Spiritual Exercises, we are called to walk as if alongside Him in reviewing His life. To not just observe in our imagination but to actually talk with Him. Share your thoughts. Ask questions. His is the Word; words are real. He was real, here on earth.
The beginning was with the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The 3 Decades of preparation for ministry where he experienced all of our human experiences from developing as infancy to the teens to a young adult. We are called to reflect upon what were they like for him in with his family, his mother and step-father, grandparents, extended relatives, and friends and neighbors. How did he play, run, laugh, and work alongside this father in the carpentry shop? What were his years like in Egypt? How old was he when they came back? What were the journies like traveling back and forth to Egypt and then regularly going up to Jerusalem as a youth, and as a young adult?
We know some things about what he said and did from the scriptures. What do you think he experienced during his baptism or those 40 days of prayer being tormented in the desert? What were the 3 Years of his ministry like for him? Can you picture yourself there? What was the moment you committed yourself fully to being a disciple and following him?
Passion, Death, and Resurrection
His 50 Days - Our 4 Weeks
The Resurrected Life
19th Annotation Calendar
Meet weekly as we follow the liturgical year: with a Prelude and 4 phases /dynamics / "Weeks"
Ordinary Time: Prelude & First Week
Advent/Christmas/Ordinary Time/1st part of Lent: Second Week
2nd part of Lent: Third Week
Easter and Easter Season: Fourth Week
Prayers for the Spiritual Exercises
The Anima Christi
Prayers for Grace
Most times, there will be a specific ‘prayer for the grace of the week’ (also written as one's "desire for a gift of grace") as the main intent, with an invitation to add your own as the Spirit moves.
BLOG has Ignatian prayers to consider.
The Outline of the Spiritual Exercises
The Love and Mercy of God
Beginning before and during Advent, we venture into the “Prelude” and "The First Week” sections with prayers, reflections, and learnings. Note: The Prelude should end right before Thanksgiving.
God is Love - We are His beloved
This adventure begins with a “Prelude” where we encounter, through the scriptures, God who is Love love.
Focus: In these preparation days, we are considering the gifts of God‘s ongoing creation in the world and in us. Here we pray for a spirit of generous gratitude and awe for those gifts we are to share. We spend time savoring the beauty of God‘s unconditional love for us, who are His beloveds.
"The First Week": God's Mercy
God’s Boundless Love & Compassion for the World
Within the “first Dynamic” of the Spiritual Exercises, we come to encounter the boundless mercy of God as we look into the reality of sin and the history of grace, in the world and in our own lives. (It also lines up our holiday of Thanksgiving.)
In this first dynamic, as we recognize God’s boundless generosity and love for us, we naturally face our limited response to His love. Here God revealed to us, in His gentle way, areas where we need to grow more in love. Here we become more aware of, recognize, and come to understand those patterns in our lives that are not worthy of us. Here we look for God’s help to be free from what stands in our way of loving God, others, and even ourselves, and everything that would hold us back from freedom in following the call.
Focus: We pray for the grace of embracing ourselves as loved sinners, gazing upon God‘s loving, gentle kindness and mercy, filling us with the grace of a profound sense of gratitude.
"The Second Week": The Life and Mission of Christ
Accompanying Jesus on Mission
Advent up to Lent is a perfect time for this second dynamic. We spend the most time in this Week.
Beginning with contemplating on the incarnation, his birth, his childhood, and his public ministry all related to developing in the discipleship of Christ. The focus and method of prayer is Ignatian contemplation.
During this time, there will be a more in-depth discussion on the discernment of spirits (our responses, moods, and feelings) in terms of consolation and desolation, along with specific meditations, “the two standards,” “the three metaphors, and “in the kingdom of God.”
Focus: In our desire are to know Jesus more intimately, so we can love Jesus Christ more dearly and follow Christ more closely.
"The Third Week": Compassion in the Passion
Identifying and Walking with the Lord in His Passion
Most likely, we will begin this 3rd week towards the latter half of Lent, ending right up to Easter Vigil. Here we walk with Jesus in his suffering as we would with a friend. It is a brief period yet so profoundly moving. Here we spend time contemplating his passion and expression of God‘s faithfulness and love for us in his gift of salvation.
We also look more closely at desolation. Though this section has less number of calendar weeks in O’Brien’s book and other books, this “Week” is just as dense and intense as the others.
Focus: We come to share in His suffering and compassion, in bringing in our own suffering into His redemptive gift for others.
Calendar: Solidarity through Compassion in His Passion
"The Fourth Week": You are Called
Joy, Joy, and Joy in Consolation in the Risen Christ
Easter Vigil, Easter, and Easter Season is the time of the fourth dynamic; we will experience the joy of the risen Lord in living the life in the Spirit, gathering our graces to live a life of hope through freedom with a generous heart to find God in all things, to love and serve God and others in concrete ways.
Focus: Sharing in the life of gifts of grace poured out upon us by the Holy Spirit.
Calendar: Dynamic Four - Joy in Risen Lord/Living the Life of the Beloved Disciple.