23 December, 2019

I ask for the Grace of feeling close to Jesus in His journey and His ministry; to show the way to God through prayer and discernment.

~ A suggested grace to be sought during the 4th Week of Advent ... to show... ~

Scripture: Is.7:10-14; Ps.23; Rom.1:1-7; Matt.1:18-24.

Composition of Place: I see myself standing humbly before the Lord who loves me.

Grace I/we seek: I ask for the Grace of feeling close to Jesus in His journey and His ministry; to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment.

Here it would be good just to take the key themes of the readings: the birth of the child, the giving of the name, the gift of Christ to all the nations, and pray or reflect upon them within the Contemplation on the Incarnation.

Here, too, one might take these phrases and pray them through the name, ‘God is with us. For the poor, for the young, for creation, what would it mean to hear, to believe, to experience, ‘God is with us’?




To see my life, my place of work and ministry, my country etc. as the places of Christ’s action.

How would they change or be transformed if they could see, know and love him?

If they could say ‘God is with us’?




To ask for the graces that I need to bring Him to others.


Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Whilst working at the Institute, Matthew managed the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and was involved in the Spirituality work, completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and the Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and was also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. He is currently the Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia.

m.charlesworth@jesuitinstitute.org.za @mcharlesworth
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