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 will be consoled according to the greatness of your sorrow and affliction; the greater the suffering, the greater will be the reward.
Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
Following the way of Jesus is the road of the cross leading to resurrection. As you pray today, rest in the assurance that Jesus will walk with you in your suffering and help you to remain hopeful in the promise of new life.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?