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.
One word or a pleasing smile is often enough to raise up a saddened and wounded soul.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese, the saint of the little way, invites us to recognize that it is often in the small gestures of kindness that another is lifted up. As you pray today, ask for the grace to attend to the needs of others in small, ordinary ways each day.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?