Meditative Prayer How to…

Take 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 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.
 
A reading from the Word of God, (Pick one, I picked this one):
 
“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 that Divine 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’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit)
 
After a few moments of stillness, return to the situation under consideration and see how it may have shifted, even subtly.
 
Again, slow down and gently wait for an image, word, or feeling to come into awareness that perfectly expresses what is at the core of your present experience.
 
Place this in a package and hand it to Jesus.
 
End your time of prayer with an Our Father, entrusting to God all that will happen during this upcoming week.
 
Prayer
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.
 
Blessed James Alberione
 
Keep praying, keep singing,
Donna