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.
Now I see that true charity consists of bearing with all the faults of our neighbors, in not being surprised at their weaknesses, in being edified at their least virtues.
St. Therese of Lisieux
When motivated by love, we are at ease with the reality of the human condition, both our failings and our “least virtues.” Pray today for a true acceptance of your own virtue as well as your sin.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?