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.
For perfection...does not consist in spiritual delights but in greater love and in deeds done with greater justice and truth.
St. Teresa of Avila
Those who seek to be spiritually ‘perfect’, are called to seek a greater depth of love, expressed in fruitful action. As you pray today, ask for the grace to love God with deeds done in the name of “justice and truth.”
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?