Choose a mantra or ''prayer word'' such as ''God,'' ''love,'' ''Spirit,'' or ''Jesus'' to quiet the mind when distracting thoughts intrude.
Close your eyes and start reciting the mantra aloud at first, so you can listen to yourself speaking or chanting the mantra.
After a few minutes, begin to recite more quietly, whispering and finally only moving your lips to form the mantra without producing an audible sound.
Recite the mantra in your mind, repeating it mentally without moving your lips.
Jesus, may I die a martyr for You. Give me martyrdom of the soul or of the body. Ah, rather, give me both.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Nothing was too much for Therese to offer to God, her one and only love and her total preoccupation. As you pray today, ask God to draw you closer so that God becomes your only priority.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?