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.
You know well that my martyrdom is Your love, O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese speaks of “passing through the fires” (martyrdom) here on earth so she can be purified to meet the Sacred Heart of Jesus face to face. As you pray today, ask for the fire of God’s love to purify you and prepare you to live in Jesus’ love.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?