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.
It says in the catechism that death is nothing but the separation of soul and body. Well, I have no fear of a separation that will unite me forever with the good God.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese’s frail health gave her the opportunity to pray about her hope for eternal union with “the good God.” Spend time in prayer today reflecting on your own longing for union with your Beloved.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?