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The Divine Mother’s Help

After reading yesterday’s blog, Witness to the World’s Destruction, my mother emailed with a reminder of divine intervention that has helped in the past when the world was in a similar state of hopelessness – that divine intervention came through our Divine Mother, Mary. My mom suggested Mary might be interested in helping us again.  (Thanks for the terrific reminder mom!)

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For centuries, Our Divine and Blessed Mother Mary has been making her presence and her desire to assist humanity known through visual apparitions.  She appeared to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France.  She revealed herself to Juan Diego at Guadalupe, Mexico.  For several months in 1917, Mother Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal.  Since 1981, our Divine Mother has been appearing daily and delivering messages for humanity to six visionaries from Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina.   In all her apparitions, the message is the same – pray to her to help bring an end to war and to restore humanity to peace.

Again, it seems, we are being invited to turn to our Divine Mother for her help and intercession.

One traditional way of praying with and to Mother Mary is through the rosary. In case you don’t remember how to pray the rosary, or aren’t familiar with how to pray it, follow this link for simple instructions: http://www.rosary-center.org/howto.htm#loaded

Or, we can simply turn to Mary, asking for her assistance using the traditional “Hail Mary” prayer as follows:

 

Hail Mary, full of Grace,

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women,

And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God.

Pray for us.

Now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Whatever vehicle for prayer we use, we can be assured that our Divine Mother is here to help us.  For centuries and for millions of people, Mother Mary has been a source of comfort, guidance, help and support.  What has been true for over 2000 years is still true today.  When we feel as if all else has failed, we need simply turn to our Mother for help.  Thanks Mom, for the reminder!

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Spiritual Practices …. continued…

Today I continue the series on Contemplative Spiritual Practices.  These practices, many of which come out of the Christian Contemplative tradition, are adaptable to anyone, regardless of your religious beliefs or background.  Today, we will explore Mantra Prayer.

Abwoon d’bwashmaya

Om Namo Yehoshua

Ave Maria

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Hari Krishna

Sita Ram Sita Ram Jaya Sita Ram

Om Mata Om Mata Om Shri Mata Jagate Mata

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.

Gan Gan Ganapati Namo Namaste

 

Mantra Prayer

Mantra prayer in its simplest form is the repeated recitation of a word or phrase. In our Western culture, we are most familiar with the Catholic rosary and its requisite prayers, The Hail Mary, The Apostle’s Creed and The Lord’s Prayer as a form of mantra prayer.  The rhythmic repetition helps to draw us into a calm, peaceful, perhaps mindful state, not unlike the relaxation that is facilitated by a mother rocking her child.  I can recall the number of times I have used the Hail Mary in this way during times of intense anxiousness, worry or fear.  Mantra prayer can become an even more meaningful form of meditation when we not only recite the word or phrase, but bring our mind into focused concentration on the words and their meaning.  The combined efforts of mental focus and rhythmic repetition help to draw us into a deep state of peaceful calm where we are able to be open to the fruits of contemplation which include: insight, wisdom, knowledge, guidance, healing, comfort, direction and understanding.

 

Examples of Mantra Prayer

Here is a Youtube link to my Kirtan teacher, Ragani as she leads mantra prayer in its Kirtan format:  KIRTAN

And here is a link to the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, another form of mantra prayer:  ARAMAIC Lord’s Prayer

And here is one from the Taize community in France, Ubi Caritas (where charity and love are, there is God)  TAIZE

 

How to do it

Mantra prayer is really quite simple:

1) Choose a sacred word or phrase that has meaning to you.  (you might choose one from the list above)

2) Focus your attention on the meaning of the word or phrase

3) Silently or aloud in word or song, repeat the phrase over and over and over

4) Rest in the peaceful calm facilitated by this mode of prayerful meditation

 

What sacred word or phrase has meaning to you?

How might you begin to incorporate mantra prayer and meditation into your daily spiritual practice?

 

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com