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.
I know that the more rapidly one advances on the way of perfection, the further one considers one's self from the goal.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese reminds us that those who are closer to God, are more aware of their need for mercy than the great grace they have in their closeness to their loving Lord. As you pray today, approach God with humility and ask for mercy.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?