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.
No, I am not an angel of heaven, but if I fall every moment of my life, I shall get up and come to You. Give me the grace that I may live by love.
St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese knew that God’s grace was sufficient for her to “live by love.” Bring yourself just as you are, to your prayer today, and ask for the same gift of God’s grace.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?