Tag Archives: Prayer

Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 6: Prayer

I have previously talked about the Liturgy of the Hours (you can find that post here), but in this post I want to talk about prayer more generally.  All monks and nuns pray.  It is the most important thing that … Continue reading

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Saints Friday: St. Mark the Evangelist

Next Thursday (April 25th) we celebrate the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, author of the Gospel According to Mark.  Mark’s Gospel is thought to be the first of the Gospels written, which Sts. Matthew and Luke used as the … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: Monastic Vows/Practices Part 5: Conversion of Life

This practice is a very difficult one to just sum up and put a neat little bow on, saying this is how you do it go have fun.  This looks different for each person; it is the process of changing … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Lectio Divina

Today I would like to talk about the ancient prayer practice of the Church, Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).  The Church has used this prayer practice since the early Church.  Origen of Alexandria is believed to have been the first to … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Guest Post

Today I am sending you over to my friend and Benedictine brother, Brayan Sherwood’s blog.  He asked me to do a guest post about Lent.  So he has what would have been posted here on his blog.  You can find … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Gospel According to St. Matthew 6:5-8

As promised on February 7, 2013 (from Spiritual Formation Thursday: The Jesus Prayer), today’s post of Bible Study Wednesday will be about Jesus’ teaching about prayer from Matthew 6.  I wanted to do this to show that praying the Jesus … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is an ancient prayer of the Church.  It is a simple prayer containing just two lines, meant to focus the mind and body for meditation upon God and prepare a receptive heart for him to speak to.  … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Celtic Circle/Caim Prayer

Today’s post is about a protection prayer from the Celtic Christian tradition.  The Celtic Church developed differently than the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, mainly because of their distance from the central locations of Rome and Constantinople.  They also were … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Spiritual Dryness

Spiritual dryness is probably one of the biggest secrets kept in churches.  Many people go to church and go through the motions, pretending everything is alright, without feeling that God is close to them or listening to their prayers.  This … Continue reading

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Monastic Monday: The Liturgy of the Hours

Cloistered monastics usually hold to the Liturgy of the Hours, seven prayer services practiced in a monastery.  The Hours were developed by St. Benedict of Nursia, who took the form from John Cassian’s writings, on the practices of the Desert … Continue reading

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