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.
Lovers cannot be satisfied if they fail to feel that they love as much as they are loved.
St. John of the Cross
John described the union of the soul with God, as that between Lover and the Beloved. Inviting us to that kind of relationship with God, he speaks of the mutual seeking and loving desired by lovers. Pray today for this intimacy as you seek deeper union with God.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?