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.
The soul remains, in consequence [in this contemplation], as though ignorant of all things since it only knows God without knowing how it knows him.
St. John of the Cross
Lost in the mystery of God’s love, the contemplative soul rests in God, without analysis and judgment, and is accessible to God’s gifts. As you pray today, allow yourself to be swept up into the mystery of God’s love.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?