Joyce Rupp is a very gifted spiritual writer and retreat leader. When I worked for my diocese in the Office of Faith Formation she was the “go to” person for many of our prayer services because the prayers in her many books touched hearts so powerfully. This morning I picked up her book, Prayer Seeds, (p.88) and found a service meant to be prayed in dyads. I thought, however, that it might be a good idea for each of us to use it personally as a reminder that our bodies function as vehicles for God’s grace. So instead of blessing another person while touching the place named on the body, why not engage our own eyes, hands, etc. in a movement toward mindfulness each day of Lent as we speak the words – preferably aloud.
Forehead: May the Gospel teachings about non-judgment resound in my thoughts of others.
Ears: May I listen closely to how God invites me to grow spiritually during this Lenten season.
Eyes: May I slow down and look more intently order to find God’s movement in my life.
Shoulders: May I carry my cross of difficulties with courage, trusting God’s strength to uphold me.
Hands: May my service be so intertwined with God that this love overflows from my heart.
Heart: May I keep turning my heart toward God and allow this love to be reflected in the way I live my life.
Feet: May I welcome God’s companionship and guidance as I travel the path of life.