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.
If you should at times fall, don't become discouraged and stop striving to advance. For even from this fall God will draw out some good.
St. Teresa of Avila
Always trusting in God’s compassion and mercy, Teresa urges us to persevere in “striving to advance,” knowing that God can draw good and help us learn even when we fall. As you pray today, approach God with this same confidence
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?