"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."1 Thess 5
Before his death, the Cistercian Thomas Keating became one of the best known teachers of Centering prayer, helping found the Contemplative Outreach program. Keating suggests we find a quiet place, sit still and straight, breathe slowly and deeply, and then repeat a word or mantra, like Jesus or peace or help me Lord. The classic mantra, known as the Jesus prayer, which has its roots in Eastern Christian spirituality, is: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. When our attention wanders, we begin again by repeating our mantra, word or the Jesus prayer.
Today, ask the Lord to keep you quiet enough interiorly so that you might be startled by the God who is always with us.
Do you have a special devotion that helps you pray everyday?