St. John Eudes was a
master of the spiritual life. He taught
that the best method of prayer was to have no method! He might have said today: “Pray as you can,
not as you can’t”. He did however give
some pointers as to how to pray. The
four movements: Adoration, Giving thanks, Asking for forgiveness and Giving
oneself are one way of praying.
Taking the time to relax, changing pace, deep breathing, walking, all prepare us for prayer. Find a position which helps you to pray without any tension.
Find what is best for you personally.
Before engaging in prayer, set a time limit: 15 or 30 minutes, an hour, whatever your schedule will allow.
Begin your prayer time by invoking the Holy Spirit: "Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten my heart, enkindle in me the fire of your love."Focus on one point (i.e. a Scripture passage, some-thing you read, some event) being careful to avoid remaining vague...Open your heart to listening to the Word of God and remain open to the action of the Spirit who may lead you along unforeseen paths.Read and reread the text, make yourself available to the movements of prayer welling up within you:
AdoringGiving thanksAsking for forgivenessGiving of yourself
Asking for forgiveness
Giving of yourself