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.
Yes, Jesus wishes to make a palace in your heart.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese invites us to readiness and openness as we await the wonderful gifts that Jesus is prepared to give us, wanting to “make a palace in your heart,” and acting as your host and your teacher. Pray today for this readiness to accept Jesus’ gifts with trust and gratitude.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?