Adore: Live in the Presence

Several months ago, I discovered that the Catholic church around the corner from where I work has a presence chapel that's always open during the work day. This is unusual in my area; most of the churches in my area are locked unless there's a Mass or other service in progress. The chapel has one of those tabernacles with a little door on the front, so that the Blessed Sacrament can easily be exposed for Eucharistic Adoration.Since then I've gotten in the habit of stopping by there on my … [Read more...]

Listen: Hearing God’s Voice

Usually in this series I've talked about things that have worked for me; today I'm going to talk about something that I wish worked better for me.My spiritual director told me of a man—I think he was a Benedictine, but I really don't remember—who spent an hour with God every morning. Sometimes he talked to God for five minutes, and listened to God for fifty-five minutes; other days he talked for fifty-five minutes and listened for five. It depended on how much he had to say. But that last … [Read more...]

Bootstrapping the Interior Life: Divine Office, Part II

Last week, I began talking about the Divine Office as a daily devotion. Today I want to go into some specifics.Each day, the Divine Office consists of a number of distinct sets of prayers, the Hours. I usually pray three of them. I begin my day with Morning Prayer, also known as Lauds. After work, or sometimes after the kids go to bed, I will pray Evening Prayer, also known as Vespers. And just before going to bed, I will pray Night Prayer, also known as Compline.The intriguing … [Read more...]

Bootstrapping the Interior Life: Divine Office, Part I

A few days ago I talked about the value of regular devotions to the interior life; and yesterday I talked about the Rosary. Today I'm going to talk about the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office.The Divine Office is a set of prayers based around the Psalms. It is called the Hours because there are different prayers for different times of the day, and if you read the kind of fiction I do you'll recognize the older names for some of the hours: Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, … [Read more...]