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Two Popes Canonized
Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were canonized, recognized as saints, on April 27, 2014, by the current Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican in Italy.
This is an occasion to celebrate, because the world is yearning to become more spiritually aware. And here we are receiving a double dose of blessings and speeded up awareness. By taking the opportunity to look into what these two former popes did with their lives, we can use their examples in our own lives.
Now with the world vulnerable to nuclear attacks we need all the prayers and blessings possible so we may see clearly, and make decisions that benefit and do not harm humanity and our natural environment.
When we pray to a saint for blessings or in supplication, we are not asking that particular saint for help directly. Rather, we are asking that they intercede with the Divine in granting us a favor, a blessing, a healing. This is an important point: to realize that all healing comes through the Divine.
For example, intercession is like when a child asks an older sibling to intercede with a parent to get something or go somewhere. We first usually ask for help from whom we feel most comfortable.
Saints are known to us by their own strengths, and when we have a need that matches that strength, that is the saint we are drawn to.
To make a petition, sit quietly in your meditation pose
Choose a place where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and say a prayer of appreciation for what you have in your life. Then mentally state your petition to the saint of your choice for their intercession with the Divine.
Continue to sit still, and begin a period of even and regular breathing, such as one count to breathe in, and one count to breathe out. Continue this rhythmic pattern without actually verbalizing the counts.
While breathing evenly pay attention to the breath flowing in, and breath going out. Concentrate on your breathing to distract your mind from restless thoughts.
It is in this period that an answer may come up in your consciousness to resolve your situation. After this meditation write the answer in your meditation journal for review and action.
Close your meditation with a deep inhalation and exhalation. Open your eyes. Write out your insights and mentally thank the saint you are praying to for their intercession with the Divine.
Keep in mind that the saints intercede for us with the Divine, they are the cheerleaders for our cause if it will benefit us, and the whole world, too.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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