Advent Prayer of Aspiration–Part 5

December 12, 2016 |


“Aspiring is therefore an expression of love: a love so purely and radically expressed that it transcends all loves that are comprehensible by the senses, reason, or the intellect. By the impetuosity and force of the Spirit of God, it arrives at union with God, not by chance but by a sudden transformation of the spirit in God.” – John of Saint-Samson

An Advent Prayer
Prayers of aspiration do not use the intellect or imagination as much as the will, reaching simply and directly for God. This simple and intuitive desire, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit and participation in the Sacraments, may carry us beyond our intellect and imagination toward the heart of Christ through faith and unite us with God in an em-brace of Love. This is a very simple and very valuable kind of prayer, so be devoted and persistent in making aspirations.

How to Pray
Aspirations are a simple regard for God, a sigh of desire for Him, an internal act of love that inflames the heart. They are an elevation of the heart to God and a settling gently back into oneself. Prayers of aspiration can take the form of a wordless sigh of love for God, or a short prayer that helps aspire the heart, like “Come, Lord Jesus,” “Lord, please help me,” “Please forgive me, Lord,” or “Thank you, Lord.” Don’t strain the mind or heart when making aspirations, they should be gentle and concise, and practiced with discretion and moderation.

An easy way to practice making aspirations is to use them in an exercise of meditation. Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Recollect yourself. Begin making aspirations slowly and easily. You will begin to think about, desire and remember many different things. You may use these distractions as subjects with which to make aspirations, but don’t get too wordy. Let go of preoccupations, return gently to making aspirations again and continue.

A period of 15 to 20 minutes prayer of aspirations is adequate. After your prayer period has ended, sit for a minute or two before returning to your daily activities.
We encourage you to use the meditative music below to assist you in your Prayer of Aspiration.

Neil Conlisk
Br. Neil Conlisk is a simply professed Carmelite studying at Catholic University at Whitefriars Hall in Washington DC
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