Breathe in deeply, hold it, and exhale completely. Repeat three times.
Relax. Visualize yourself in God's presence.
What does that feel like? Look like?
Is it an image of peace? Is it an image of anger? Conflict? Love?
Using the words of this mantra, say slowly: ''maranatha'' which is the oldest Christian prayer (it means 'come, Lord'), in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, used by St Paul at the end of the First Letter to the Corinthians (16:22) and found in the earliest Christian liturgies. Repeat the mantra slowly to yourself for as long as it takes to put yourself in a prayerful state.
Mary (of Bethany)… anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair… ‘Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial.’
"It is only love that unites and joins the soul to God.”(St. John of the Cross) Just as Mary offered a humble act of loving presence, visit someone who is seriously ill this week and be attentive to his/her needs.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?