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1 Prayer in the Heart of Mercy Mercy Secondary Education Conference XXXIII October 11, 2014 Providence, RI Deborah Troillett, RSM

2 Community Name or Dept. | Our Time Together Introduction (5 minutes) Sharing A Few Things I Know (10 minutes) A Brief Experience: Prayer in the Heart of Mercy (3 minutes) Prayer as Relationship (15 minutes) Another Opportunity for Prayer (5 minutes) Mercy in Six Words / “Take Home” (2 minutes) 2

3 Pope Francis’ General Audience- Sept. 10, 2014 “A good educator focuses on the essential.” 3

4 Pope Francis – General Audience – Sept. 10 “It’s the truth. In the Gospel the essential thing is mercy.” 4

5 Community Name or Dept. | Mercy, the principle path marked out by Jesus Christ for those who desire to follow him. 5

6 “JESUS’ HEART AS THE REVELATION OF GOD’S MERCY” -- WALTER KASPER “MERCY THE ESSENCE OF THE GOSPEL AND THE KEY TO CHRISTIAN LIFE” Mercy expresses God’s essence… 6

7 IS PRAYING WITH AND IN THE HEART OF JESUS. In essence “Prayer in the Heart of Mercy” 7

8 God so loves this world… 8

9 WHAT MAKES PRAYER WITH/IN THE HEART OF JESUS SO CHALLENGING AT TIMES? “Prayer in the Heart of Mercy” 9

10 Community Name or Dept. | Sharing a few things I know… 10 What do I Know? At 6: “I know nothing.” At 16: “I know everything.” At 36: “I know many things.” At 56: “I know a few things.” At 76: “I know I don’t know.”

11 MY NEED FOR MERCY! I know a few things…. 11

12 MY NEED FOR BALANCE I know a few things…. 12

13 Community Name or Dept. | TWO EARLY WARNING SIGNS: #1 Lamentations 3: 22 – 23 “The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, God’s mercies are not spent; They are renewed each morning, so great is God’s faithfulness #2. Psalm 34 v. 19 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit God saves. “and those who are R U S H E D in spirit God saves.” 13

14 MY DESIRE TO DEEPEN MY LIFE OF MERCY I know a few things…. 14

15 God so loves the world… 15

16 Community Name or Dept. | MUTT’S WISDOM by Patrick McDonnell CARTOON CAN BE FOUND through Google Images and depicts a dialog which concludes with the message “SHTOP THINKING”. 16

17 Community Name or Dept. | I have an Interior commentary that constantly judges and compares….e.g. Magnifies or minimizes thingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over and over and overOvergeneralizes a negative event/Inflates a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasons from my emotionsLabels…myself, others in “all ornothing” “b/w” termsBlames…myself, othersInterior commentary that constantly judgesand compares….e.g. Magnifies or minimizes thingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over overOvergeneralizes a negative event/Inflates a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasons from my emotionsLabels…myself, others in “all ornothing” “b/w” termsBlames…myself, othersInterior commentary that constantly judgesand compares….e.g. Magnifies or minimizes things THOUGHTS Jumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over and over and overOvergeneralizes a negative event/Inflattes a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasons from my emotionsLabelsmyself, others in “all or nothing” “b/w” termsBlamesmyself, othersInterior commentary that constantly judges and comparese.g. Magnifiesorminim izesthingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over and over and overOvergeneralizes a negativeevent/Inflates a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasonsfrommyemotionsLabels…myself, others in “all or nothing” “b/w” terms Blamesmysef,otherothersInteriorcommentarythatconstantlyjudgesandcomparesegMagnMagnifies or minimizes thingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-readingorfortuthe pastespeciallyhurtsoverandoverOvergene 17

18 COMING TO KNOW THE “COMMENTATOR WITHIN…” I know a few things…. 18

19 “Take from my heart all painful anxiety…” Magnify or Minimize Jump to Conclusions By fortune Telling By Mind Reading “Commentator Within…” prone to judge/compare/label replay the past WORRY about the Future BLAME and “SHOULD” 19

20 Catherine McAuley’s Heart of Mercy The deepest human need is for God – the essence of God - the Abundant Compassion of God Balancing contemplation and action are at the heart of our Christian call “The principal path” is to serve as Christ served. 20

21 IS TO PRAY FOR / WITH A TRANSFORMED HEART. For us who live and work, teach and serve in the tradition of “Mercy,” Prayer in the Heart of Mercy … 21

22 CENTERED, HOSPITABLE, WELCOMING, TRUSTING How might we do this? Is there a type of prayer from our tradition especially suited for transforming our hearts into the Heart of Jesus? the Heart of Catherine? 22

23 Community Name or Dept. | I have an Interior commentary that constantly judges and compares….e.g. Magnifies or minimizes thingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over and over and overOvergeneralizes a negative event/Inflates a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasons from my emotionsLabels…myself, others in “all ornothing” “b/w” termsBlames…myself, othersInterior commentary that constantly judgesand compares….e.g. Magnifies or minimizes thingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over overOvergeneralizes a negative event/Inflates a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasons from my emotionsLabels…myself, others in “all ornothing” “b/w” termsBlames…myself, othersInterior commentary that constantly judgesand compares….e.g. Magnifies or minimizes things THOUGHTS Jumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over and over and overOvergeneralizes a negative event/Inflattes a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasons from my emotionsLabelsmyself, others in “all or nothing” “b/w” termsBlamesmyself, othersInterior commentary that constantly judges and comparese.g. Magnifiesorminim izesthingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-reading or fortune-tellingReplays the past…especially hurts…over and over and overOvergeneralizes a negativeevent/Inflates a positive eventDiscounts a positive eventSHOULDsReasonsfrommyemotionsLabels…myself, others in “all or nothing” “b/w” terms Blamesmysef,otherothersInteriorcommentarythatconstantlyjudgesandcomparesegMagnMagnifies or minimizes thingsJumps to Conclusions e.g. mind-readingorfortuthe pastespeciallyhurtsoverandoverOvergene 23

24 Community Name or Dept. | Prayer in the Heart of Mercy is Hospitable & Healing, Inner and Outer Spaciousness »PRAYER 24

25 Community Name or Dept. | From our Catechism Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” - St. John Damascene “Prayer is the laying aside of thoughts.”- Evagrius 25

26 All types of prayer are good! With Words Petition Supplication Intercession Penitence Thanksgiving Praise, honor, glory Communal worship Without Words In silence / In humility Fully receptive Quiet/still Comtemplation Without agenda Without expectation Communal Worship 26

27 Prayer is raising of one’s mind and heart to God Mind…by intention “Prayer is the laying aside of thoughts.”- Evagrius Heart …by resting in awareness of God’s indwelling Spirit in our own hearts 27

28 Catherine’s Wisdom We have one solid comfort…our hearts can always be in the same place, centered in God… We should be as the compass that goes around its circle without stirring from its center. 28

29 “CENTERED” IN OUR HEARTS WHERE THE SPIRIT DWELLS Let us pray… 29

30 Community Name or Dept. | One Type of Prayer …Without Words Sit comfortably and close the eyes (OR…engage in a soft downward gaze) Take a deep breath, exhale and relax Become aware of raising BOTH mind and heart to God: mind by your intention and heart by your awareness of God’s presence within. You may gently place hand on your heart. Rest in awareness. When thoughts rise, “lay them aside”…e.g. do not dialogue, force aside, try to stop them etc. Simply again become aware of the Indwelling Spirit within your heart Rest in awareness 30

31 A WORD…A PHRASE….A THOUGHT…. Sharing our experience… 31

32 Community Name or Dept. | Sharing our Wisdom Prayer in the Heart of Mercy begins in relationship as relationship Prayer is Relationship “Just Hanging Out” 32

33 PRAYER AS RELATIONSHIP Sharing our wisdom… 33

34 Sharing our Wisdom Prayer is… How does one illuminate the other? Relationship is… 34

35 Take Away #1 Prayer is: ____________________________________ ________________ and prayer is__________ but it can also be_____________ and sometimes___________ because prayer___________ and many times__________ so that prayer______________________________ ____________________________________ ___ and it also ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____ for prayer is ____________________________________ ____________________________________ _____________ Relationship is: ____________________________________ ________________ and relationship is_________ but it can also be __________ and sometimes __________ because relationship ______________ and many times _____________ so that relationship__________________________ ____________________________________ _______ and it also ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____ for relationship is ____________________________________ ____________________________________ _____________ 35

36 Catherine McAuley and Prayer Prayer is a plant, the seed of which is sown in the heart of every Christian, but its growth depends on the care we take to nourish it. If neglected, it will die. If nourished by constant practice, it will blossom and produce fruit in abundance. 36

37 Community Name or Dept. | “…Prayer…like all relationships… if nourished by constant practice, will blossom and produce fruit in abundance. Prayer in the Heart of Mercy is An awareness practice that is PRAYER (intentionality of mind and awareness of Indwelling Holy Spirit) 37

38 Community Name or Dept. | “…if nourished by constant practice, it will blossom and produce fruit in abundance. AND a prayer practice that fosters the renewal of our minds and transformation of our hearts so that “centered in God” we release from our minds all painful anxiety (anxious thoughts)…and rest in the abundant compassion and love of God. 38

39 Catherine McAuley and Prayer “Take from my heart all painful anxiety…” From the Suscipe of Catherine McAuley 39

40 Catherine’s Wisdom Above all things constant fervent prayer. Your whole life should be a continual act of prayer and praise. If the love of God really reigns in your heart, it will quickly show itself in the exterior. 40

41 Catherine’s Wisdom “Your whole life should be a continual act of prayer and praise.” CMcA SO that “Your whole life (your life that is WHOLE) should be (a promise that it will become!) a continual act of prayer and praise.” 41

42 “If the love of God really reigns in your heart, it will quickly show itself in the exterior.” 42

43 Community Name or Dept. | Take Away #2 – The Guidelines Sit comfortably and close the eyes (OR…engage in a soft downward gaze) Take a deep breath, exhale and relax Become aware of raising BOTH mind and heart to God: mind by your intention and heart by your awareness of God’s presence within. You may gently place hand on your heart. Rest in awareness. When thoughts rise, “lay them aside”…e.g. do not dialogue, force aside, try to stop them etc. Simply again become aware of the Indwelling Spirit within your heart Rest in awareness 43

44 All Forms of Prayer are Good! With Words Petition Supplication Intercession Penitence Thanksgiving Praise, honor, glory Communal worship Without Words In silence / In humility Fully receptive Quiet/still Comtemplation Without agenda Without expectation Communal Worship 44

45 Catherine McAuley and Prayer Above all things constant fervent prayer. Your whole life should be a continual act of prayer and praise. If the love of God really reigns in your heart, it will quickly show itself in the exterior. 45

46 IS ONE WAY TO PRAY WITH AND IN THE HEART OF JESUS For us who live and work, teach and serve in the tradition of “Mercy,” prayer in the Heart of Mercy … 46

47 Community Name or Dept. | Inward Glance - Hand to Heart – Holy Instant In silence / In humility Fully receptive Quiet/still Comtemplative Without agenda/ Without expectation Anytime, anyplace, simple awareness of God’s presence You can “go there” anytime, anyplace! 47

48 “The simplest and most practical lesson I know…. is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow thus we may hope to get on taking short careful small steps, not great strides…..” C. McAuley 48

49 Community Name or Dept. | Take Away #3 Mercy in Six Words Good Educators focus on the Essential. The Truth: the Gospel is Mercy. Mercy: The Abundant Compassion of God Formation: Balance of Contemplation and Action Prayer in the Heart of Mercy Mercy grows in a prayerful heart! Short careful steps not great strides. 49


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