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.
You will be consoled according to the greatness of your sorrow and affliction; the greater the suffering, the greater will be the reward.
St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
Following the way of Jesus is the road of the cross leading to resurrection. As you pray today, rest in the assurance that Jesus will walk with you in your suffering and help you to remain hopeful in the promise of new life
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?