Get up; go to the bathroom; take a shower; get dressed; eat breakfast (I don’t recall he admitted always listening to that one); go to work.
- Pause from activity to rest in our triune God.
- Ask Martha and Mary to present you to Jesus.
- Praise Jesus for creating you and giving you life this moment. Thank Jesus for allowing you to welcome him as your guest.
- Ask Jesus for grace to welcome him regularly so activity of any sort will not frenzy you.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer: say one word as you breathe in; say the next as you breath out. That method2 is vital for us who are tempted never to slow ourselves and savor what is most real.
- Luke 8.3.
- Ignatius of Loyola recommended praying “according to rhythmic measures” (Spiritual Exercises, 258). A recent translator of the Exercises noted the method was akin to the ancient Jesus Prayer, “which had widespread popularity in the 14th century and its apogee in the 17th.” The 15th Century was Ignatius’ era. (George E. Ganss, S.J., The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1992, note 135, p. 187.)