Start your prayer with this image

Last Supper by Valentin

Detail from The Last Supper by Valentin de Boulogne. Photo Credit: Wikimedia.

Are you tired of your prayer being a shopping list read to God? Are you yearning for something more meaningful? Use this image of John the Apostle leaning on Christ’s heart to place yourself in God’s presence.

Imagine yourself in John’s place. Feel Christ’s peace surround you. Set aside your cares and concerns and immerse yourself in His love.  Offer your love in return.

For some people, this may be all you need to have a heart-to-heart half hour with God. For others, this will be an introduction to prayer, a means of calming yourself and setting aside distractions. You may then prayerfully read a passage from the Bible or other good spiritual book. Talk to Jesus about what you read. Love Him in and through it.

You are now on your way to a rewarding new prayer life.

Connie Rossini

Share with us: What image do you use to place yourself in God’s presence? What Scripture verse helps you prepare your heart for an encounter with God?


About Connie Rossini

Connie Rossini gives whole families practical help to grow in holiness. She is the author of Trusting God with St. Therese and the free ebook Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life. She writes a spirituality column for The Catholic Voice of the Diocese of Omaha, Nebraska, and blogs at Contemplative Homeschool. She is also a columnist for Connie and her husband Dan have four young sons.
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5 Responses to Start your prayer with this image

  1. Thanks, Nancy. It’s very simple. but it helps me.

  2. John Moreno says:

    Father Benedict Groeschel said a meditation is a homily you give to yourself, Meditating on pictures such as this can produce a very personal and enriching homily .

  3. I’ve never heard it put that way before. I also use a meditative approach to Bible reading in our homeschool. You could say I make homilies for my boys, I suppose. Meditation is certainly a great way to get to know Christ. Thanks for commenting.

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