Inner Peace in Divine Love Retreat


Week Two – Dwelling in Love

Ex 6 – I abide in the love of Jesus


I take a relaxed position with a straight back, my body poised for prayer. I make a gesture of reverence and humility.

Opening Prayer
I ask for the grace to direct my whole self toward Jesus.

I desire to abide in the love of Jesus.

I use my imagination to re-create the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus and disciples with the details of place, conversation, actions, and people. Then I take my place at the table.

I hear Jesus address me personally. Slowly reading the prayer text, I listen to his joyful words, each singing in my heart.

In response, I abide in Jesus while saying to him, gently and often, each of the desiring statements below for a few minutes each:

I abide in your love.

I am enjoyed by you.

I feel complete in you.

I end my prayer with the Our Father.

Prayer Texts


As the Father has loved me,

so I have loved you; abide in my love.

If you keep my commandments,

you will abide in my love,

just as I have kept my Father’s commandments

and abide in his love.

I have said these things to you

so that my joy may be in you,

and that your joy may be complete.

I do not call you servants any longer,

because the servant does not know what the master is doing;

but I have called you friends,

because I have made known to you everything

that I have heard from my Father.

(Jn 15:9–11, 15)


Time: 25 Minutes
Preparation: 5 minutes. Opening Prayer: 1 minute. Desire: 1 minute. Prayer: 15 minutes. Conversation: 3 minutes. Listening Book: 10 minutes.


For greater guidance, depth and practical use of this exercise and retreat, source the First Spiritual Exercises here.

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