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The Jesus Prayer reminds me that my sinfulness does not have the last word.

Sometimes, my negativity toward myself starts with a healthy desire to repent but gets stuck there and twists me toward self-involvement rather than grace.

Jesus's mercy lets me remember that I am made in the image of God.

@augustine
Thanks for this!

I’m curious about the form in which you pray the Jesus prayer. I’ve switched between a number of forms myself, sometimes depending on the day.

Kallistos Ware pluralizes the prayer, saying “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.”

Brayton (from Agape) sometimes shortens it to “Jesus, Mercy.”

There are a lot of options for connecting with the sea of Mercy, but sometimes I think the form of the prayer really does make a difference.

@jimrobinson I mix it up, too :)

My most common form is "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." As I mentioned, the sinner part is helpful in connecting my awareness of sin to Jesus's mercy having the last word.

I also often use Ware's pluralized version.

Another favorite: "Jesus, remember me" or "Jesus, remember us." Often this ends up turning into an inner singing of the beautiful Taizé arrangement.

@augustine Very nice. Now I'm listening to "Jesus, remember me." Beautiful. @Oliver spent some time at Taizé :)

@jimrobinson Awesome. Would love to hear more about your experiences, @Oliver!

@njcollura has also spent time at Taizé.

@jimrobinson @augustine I use this prayer while walking. My previous spiritual director told me to find how this prayer fits with my walking pattern so that every step is a prayer. I found that I would say "Jesus, Mercy" over every 4 steps worked well for me.

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