The painting below shows us the true essence of prayer – resting on the Heart of Christ, as St John does. In the Gospel of John, he is described as ‘lying close to the breast of Jesus’.

As the Christmas Octave unfolds, let us make time to do just this – to rest on the Heart of Christ, to speak from our heart to His Heart, and to listen to what He says to us. May you be richly blessed in so doing.