- I rest in our triune God creating me each moment.
- I speak to the Divine persons, or I say nothing.
so too does one's speech disclose the bent of one's mind.
shall bear fruit even in old age;
vigorous and sturdy shall they be.
be firm, steadfast...knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain!
- I ask Mary to present me to her son.
- I open my heart to Jesus and chat with him:
- I ask him to give me new or renewed purpose as his disciple; and
- Help me welcome a new measure of his life for the sake of our world.
- I entrust myself to Jesus and ask for grace to feel more deeply his compassion for me and to practice it.
- I close saying slowly the Lord's Prayer. Praying forgive us…as we forgive others transforms me into fruit that is sweet and shows others I measure with the heart of God.
Aware of my feelings and emotions which surfaced as I conversed with Jesus:
- After my prayer, I jot down my reactions; the way Jesus was toward me; what I have noticed; and I look forward to tomorrow.
- I do not force myself to write.
- I do not force a certain style of writing. (Some people keep diaries; longer entries come easily or naturally. Others write a word or a phrase; a summary is all they need.)
- I keep at hand the kind of prayer-record (diary; loose-leaf binder; 3x5 spiral pad; computer; smartphone) which is most conducive for me.
- I date each entry.
- Periodically--after a week; after a month; after a liturgical season, for example--I review my jottings. They form a record of both my praying, and more importantly, the Trinity's graces given me.