SadhanaOriental Meditation and Christian Prayer

Prayer with fantasy

[31] Talking to Jesus in our heart, using the image of the icon of Our Lady of the Sign (A model of applying Jesus’ Name in Prayer)

 We learned how to pray by welcoming Jesus to our heart in #27 and #28 of Prayer with body. We talked to Jesus, imagining that Holy Communion stays in our heart.
 Now, we use the image of infant Jesus, who is in the Virgin Mary’s heart in the icon of Our Lady of the Sign. Christians who repeatedly receive Holy Communion cannot help but believe that Jesus stays in our heart. Let’s call Jesus so that we can be more united with Jesus.
 The following way would be appropriate to call Jesus. We start with a familiar method which we can repeat for a long time.
Specifically, we repeatedly call the name of Jesus in our heart.  We do this in a way we learned in #5 of Prayer with body. We call his name once in one breath. While we call his name, we can express the faith we currently have such as “gratitude,” “apology for our sin,” “supplication,” and “trust.”
 We start with the image of infant Jesus. As Jesus stays in our heart, we can receive more blessing from Jesus whenever we pray. This is represented by the image of Jesus who gets older.



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