Prayers

The Welcoming Prayer …

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions,
persons, situations and conditions.
I let go of my desire for security.
I let go of my desire for approval.
I let go of my desire for control.
I let go of my desire to change any
situation, condition,
person, or myself.
I open to the
love and presence of God
and
the healing action and grace within.
––– Mary Mrozowski, creator of the welcoming prayer practice (see: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening)

To welcome and to let go is one of the most
radically loving, faith-filled gestures we can make
in each moment of each day.
It is an open-hearted embrace
of all that is in ourselves
and in the world.
— Mary Mrozowski

I am where I need to be.
Everything around me
includes and hides the sacred.
––– Mary Mrozowski

The welcoming prayer is
a practice
of ‘letting go’ in the present moment
in the ordinary routines of daily life.
“. . . the ordinary events of daily life
become our practice . . .
The routine of daily life is
the path to holiness for lay folks.
Contemplative prayer is aimed at
transforming daily life with its never-ending
round of ordinary activities.”
— Father Thomas Keating from Open Mind, Open Heart