The Testament

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

We used this wonderful little meditation as part of our spirituality night last night. I thought I’d share it for those of you who like to write while you reflect or meditate (or those who’ve never thought about it)

I imagine that today I am to die.
I ask for time to be alone and write down for my friends
a sort of testament for which the points that follow
could serve as chapter titles.

1. These things I have loved in life: things I have tasted, looked at, smelled, heard, touched.
2. These experiences I have cherished:
3. These ideas have brought me liberation:
4. These beliefs I have outgrown:
5. These convictions I have lived by:
6. These are the things I have lived for:
7. These insights I have gained in the school of life: insights into God, the world, human nature, Jesus Christ, love, religion, prayer.
8. These risks I took, these dangers I have courted:
9. These sufferings have seasoned me:
10. These lessons life has taught me:
11. These influences have shaped my life: persons, occupations, books, events.
12. These Scripture texts have lit my path:
13. These things I regret about my life:
14. These are my life’s achievements:
15. These persons are enshrined within my heart:
16. These are my unfulfilled desires:
I choose an ending for this document:
A poem—my own or someone else’s;
or a prayer;
a sketch or a picture from a magazine;
a Scripture text;
or anything that I judge would be an apt conclusion to my testament.

–Anthony De Mello, S.J.

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