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Monday, November 29, 2010
Today I am going to tell you about the Jesu-Maum Prayer or Journey through the Heart of Jesus Prayer. It comes from one of our Sisters in Korea who has written a book about it. Maum means Heart in Korean and this Jesu-Maum Prayer uses the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which I have been using this past month for prayer and which I am beginning to use again. The book was published in 2010 and is available from St. Pauls in Seoul, Korea. http://www.paolo.net. The title is Jesu-Maum Prayer: Christian Contemplation in an Eastern Way.by Kwon Min-Ja, RSCJ.
"Jesu-Maum Prayer is a prayer through which we intend to strive to unite our heart with the Heart of Jesus and to consecrate our whole mind, effort and energy to God, trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In short, it is a prayer that brings us into union with the Triune God. We practice the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a prayer of simplicity, to unite our heart with the Heart of Jesus."
Kwon Min-Ja has given many retreats to teach others about this prayer; she gives retreats of five days, eight days, and forty day retreats. I tried going through the Litany one phrase a day and found this very fruitful. I mostly stayed with the phrase during my morning prayer and then tried repeating it often throughout the day; it worked for me so I am beginning the Litany again and intend this time to stay with a phrase more than one day, if so moved by the Spirit. Tomorrow I will post the entire Litany and then I will be away so after tomorrow I will write a blog for the 2nd Sunday of Advent and tell you about my mini-retreat then. Please do not forget to pray for my friend in Scotland; she has a brain tumor and is getting worse and is now snowed in and in the hands of God.
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.