Meditative prayer begins with taking a few moments to become aware of God’s presence
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, remembering that in this very moment you are under the loving gaze of God, who knows and loves you totally.
Bring to mind something that you will face in this upcoming week
It could be something that you’re excited, worried, or unsure about. It could be an event, a relationship, a problem, a task, or responsibility. It could be anything.
Select a reading from the Word of God
“I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.“
Phil 3:8, NRSV
Ask yourself: How is God inviting me to live this week?
Notice what arises within you. It could be a feeling, an image, a word, a memory, anything.
Slow down… and wait for this feeling, image, or word to become clearer for you. Become fully aware of it and sit with it for a few moments.
Then, in the sanctuary of your baptized soul (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit)…
…speak to the Holy Spirit, saying to Him:
“O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.”
~ Cardinal Mercier
After a few more moments of stillness, return to the situation under consideration and see how it may have shifted, even subtly… recalling that He always directs the soul to do good and avoid evil and that between good and evil there are no compromises. The Enemy always suggests otherwise.
Again, don’t rush…
…gently wait for an image, word, or feeling to come into awareness that perfectly expresses what is at the core of your present experience.
Imagine placing this in a package and handing it in loving confidence to Jesus.
Lastly, end your time of prayer with an “Our Father”, entrusting to God the Father all that will happen during this upcoming week, and then…
…give to Jesus everything that you are…
…including your hopes and dreams as well as worries and fears – everything – holding nothing back… including your sins! He waits for you to turn to Him with a contrite heart eager to begin again.
We do so to become more and more like Him, so that upon death, our souls will be identified in loving embrace by God the Father as His adopted children.
After all, this is what it means to be a saint – to be willing to surrender everything in life for the sake of gaining heaven. All is truly lost only if one fails to become a saint. Recall Jesus’ own words on this point in Matthew 16:26.
As an example and suggestion, pray the prayer of Blessed James Alberione:
“I give Jesus my heart…
…so that He may be the one who loves others in me and with me.
I give Jesus my will…
…so that He may be the one who lives in me and with me.
I give Jesus my mind…
…so that He may be the one who thinks in me and with me.
I want what He wants.
In me may He love.
In me may He decide.
In me may He act.
And may it be He Himself…
…who fulfills His mission through me.”
May the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding be with you always…
…keep praying, keep singing,