Our preciousness, uniqueness, and individuality are not given to us by those who meet us in clock-time but by the One who has chosen us with an everlasting love, a love that existed from all eternity. (Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved, p.48)

AIM: To encourage participants, within the context of creation as a vehicle of divine revelation, to recognise and value themselves as made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1: 26-27) and to desire to grow into and live out of that identity.

Our Intentions:

To enable participants to:

  • reflect on what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, given our understanding of God and our experience of humanity

  • identify the way(s) in which they image God and appreciate the complementarity of gifts

  • reflect on their identity within the context of the rest of humanity and the whole of the created order, and on the implications of this for self-awareness and behaviour

Programme :

Welcome and Stilling

Reflection Groups (Images of God)

Made in the Image and likeness of God

  • Original Grace

  • Personal Reflection



Closure: Led review . . . Home-time . . . Closing ‘moment’

Link: Music: In the Image of God by Mandie Pinto

Proverbs 8: 22-31

I was created when God’s purpose first unfolded . . . before the first grains of the world’s dust. When God fixed the heavens firm . . thickening the clouds above, fixing fast the springs of the deep oceans . . . I was by God’s side . . .ever at play in God’s presence, at play everywhere in God’s world, delighting to be with the children of humankind.

CAN YOU RECALL moments when you have felt touched by God in the kind of way that has brought your Godseed (indwelling God) to life?

Remember these moments now in prayer.

What was the context?

How did you feel?

What changed for you?

What conversation do you want to have with God about these moments?

Genesis 1: 26-27

God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it”.

Grandparenting God,

You see our sin as

Symptomatic stutter,

self-effacing struggle

to ignore

the confounding reality

of Your willful


“I love you

Because I can’t do Anything else.

I made you, Every last part of you:

All that’s hidden And all that’s revealed,

All that’s muddled And even all that’s clear.

You are,

At the risk

Of repeating Myself,

Dear to Me.

You are precious

In My eyes


just because

you are Mine.

That’s enough for Me.

And it will have to do for you.

Wrestle with it

Until you get tired

And then relax

And give in.

Take a deep breath

And enjoy.”

(Michael Moynahan SJ)

The Trinity Revisited by Kelly Latimore
Adam and the Breath of God by Nadine Rippelmeyer
The Creation of Adam - Michaelangelo
When I move towards the centre of myself, I move closer to the person I most truly am before God. My most Godself. (Margaret Silf)

Return to whatever stood out for you in the session.

Read the following article, notice what strikes you or stays with you:

    1.   Article WHERE AM I? How AM I? WHO AM l – Extract from Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality by Margaret Silf.