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Friday, February 19, 2010

Stuff for lent

It's not my thing, but some Jesuits are blogging the Ignatian approach to spirituality HERE.

Or if you prefer, try Pray as you Go.

More traditional prayers (mostly psalms) at the Divine Office website, which has mp3's

Universalis, has the daily prayers on line, but uses the Jerusalem bible translation...including downloads for your palmpocket (for a fee) and Kindle.

nice to know folks living 2500 years ago had the same problems as you did...

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for old fashioned Catholics, the Anchoress has the rosary as a podcast.

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What is "prayer"? lifting one's heart and mind to God.

That last part is important, since saying prayers (e.g. psalms, the rosary) or using the prayer of quiet (AKA Centering prayer) can both lift your mind and heart to God, but muttering meaningless words to manipulate God to give you goodies, or meditation (aka the centering prayer technique) that is used to lower blood pressure is not quite the same thing....

As for "belief", this means will, not emotion.
One "trendier than thou" nun told me she "only prayed when she felt like it", to which I replied: well, if I only prayed when I felt like it, I'd never pray at all. You don't pray for an emotional high, you pray because you seek something or someone higher than oneself.

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  • In Lent we are to focus on alms giving (charity), fasting (going without and making a smaller footprint on the world), and prayer.

    The Liturgy of the Hours is one of the highest forms of prayer and is considered the prayer of the Church because when praying the Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Breviary or Divine Office) you are in fact praying with all the others around the world that are in prayer at that same moment in time with you.

    Thank you for mentioning our Divine Office ministry, http://DivineOffice.org. I would like to point out that we have free audio versions of all the major hours every day and soon we are gradually adding the full text of the latest and greatest version of the Liturgy of the Hours, its the one approved for use in the USA. So we have much more then just psalms.

    I wish you and your readers a holy season of Lent. Please join us in prayer.

    By Blogger Dane, at 5:59 AM  

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