Regular readers of this space know how special my trip to New Mexico, in particular El Santuario de Chimayo, was last year. Since then I received the gift of holy dirt from its sacred grounds and I meditate with it by my side.

I just came across this list of suggestions on how to use it:

The Holy Dirt is not to be eaten or drunk.

First: Bring silence to your heart and mind. Try to listen beyond yourself, your own worries and concerns. Jesus says: “Do not be afraid.” With fear in our hearts we cannot recognize, much less listen to Him.

Second: Humbly acknowledge your weaknesses, mistakes, sins and illnesses.

Third: Tell God that you need Him, His wisdom, His strength, His guidance, His forgiveness, His love and healing.

Fourth: Share with God your wishes but also tell Him to show you His plan and will for you.

Fifth: Ask for understanding and courage to face whatever God has planned for you.

Sixth: Rub the Holy Dirt over the part of your body in need of healing while you invoke the name of Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You finish this prayer with:

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.