Pray the Rosary

The Rosary has been a critical part of Roman Catholic devotional life since Medieval times, but most outside of the Roman Catholic church haven't taken up the Rosary as a regular practice.  This is a mistake because the Rosary not only offers a profound form of prayer that engages the mind, soul and body at once, but it also provides a regular means through which to meditate on the life of Christ within the full context of his earthly and heavenly parentage.Today we celebrate the feast of … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: 1 John 4:7-21

Part of the purpose of spiritual disciplines is to make right actions automatic.  When we are faced with someone who we can respond to with love or hate, we should not have to decide, we should be so formed that love is our default.  Spiritual disciplines are a way of returning our lives to the "factory settings" of God's Kingdom.Reading and meditating on scripture is a particularly power way to achieve such a reset.  Today read, reread, and work on memorizing 1 John 4:7-21.  Carry the verse … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: Colossians 1:15-20

Memorize Colossians 1:15-20This passage, a hymn of sorts, answers the critical question: who is Christ?  By memorizing this hymn-poem you will have a ready answer for others, but more critically for yourself.Use this passage as a means of meditating on Christ.  Once you've memorized it, bring it back to mind regularly so that you can reflect on the rich and profound things the writer of the hymn is saying about who Christ is.For some scholarly reflection on the passage see F.F. B … [Read more...]

Wander

C. S. Lewis is said to have walked every day, rain or shine, because walking fueled his creativity.  There is much research to back this up--walking is an important human practice, and as such it is an important spiritual one.  Today go for a walk with no destination in mind.  Simply wander and pray that God will lead you, even if the only place you arrive is at yourself. … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: Romans 12:9-21

In what will be a recurring exercise, we will take Monday to memorize a passage of scripture.  This week our passage is Paul's classic portrait of the Christian life in Romans 12:9-21.  Write this passage on a note card or print it off--find some way that works for you to keep the scripture with you wherever you go.  During any down time in the day, look at the passage and memorize it.  There are several apps for smart phone users that can also help with memorization.Suggested Reading:  "C … [Read more...]

Admit You Don’t Know

Place yourself before God.  Admit you don't know.  Ask that God will guide you even in your ignorance, that God's knowledge will be sufficient.  Spend ten minutes in this prayer stance. … [Read more...]

The Peace of Creation

Go for an early morning or evening walk.  Delight in the creation and "rest in the grace of the world.""The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry … [Read more...]

Palms Down, Palms Up

Sit in a straight backed chair and imagine Christ before you.Place your palms down and give all of your thoughts, your worries, your hopes, your whole self to Christ.Place your palms up and receive from Christ love, hope, peace, patience, humility, and Christ's very person. … [Read more...]


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