Inner Peace in Divine Love Retreat


Week Two – Dwelling in Love

Ex 8 – I remain in the love of the Spirit


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 the Spirit.

I desire to remain in the love of the Spirit.

I use my imagination to return to the upper room of the last supper where now the disciples are hiding after the crucifixion. Jesus shows me his hands and side. I hear him address me personally. Slowly reading the prayer text, I allow his peace to take root in my being.

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 remain in your love.

I am at peace in you.

I feel alive in you.

I end my prayer with the Our Father.

Prayer Texts


When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week,

and the doors of the house where the disciples had met

were locked for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood among them

and said, “Peace be with you.”

After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

When he had said this, he breathed on them

and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

(Jn 20:19–22)


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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