69 – Daily Office – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

First, let’s look back to the suggestion from last week about setting an alarm on you phone or watch as a “call to prayer.”   Did you try that?  If so, what was your experience?  Did it annoy you or did … Continue reading

68 – Fixed Hour Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

How might you begin to practice fixed hour prayer?  You could try what a friend of mine did.  He set an alarm on his phone and each day when the alarm sounded, he took a few minutes to stop what … Continue reading

67 – Fixed Hour Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

You may hear “fixed hour prayer” or “daily office” or “liturgy of the hours” or “morning prayer/evening prayer” but each speaks to having appointed times during the day and night to pray.  It is a regular and consistent pattern of … Continue reading

65 – Journaling + Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Some time back a friend pointed me to a practice that combines prayer and a form of journaling.  In the book Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with my Pen Rachel Hackenberg provides writing prompts based on scripture to … Continue reading

37 – Lent – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Today marks the beginning of Lent.  In the Book of Common Prayer (1979) we can read, “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, … Continue reading

36 – Lectio Divina – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Have you heard the expression “praying with scripture”?  I heard that expression long before I heard of lectio divina, but praying with scripture became real for me as I learned this form of “reading” and prayer. Lectio divina is usually … Continue reading

35 – Examen – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

A few months ago it seemed every book I picked up for weeks had a chapter on the Prayer of Examen or at least several pages describing it.  From “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” by James Martin, S.J. to … Continue reading

34 – Centering Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Can it be prayer if “We do not give God information about all our needs, projects, ideas, programs,  plans and agenda.  We don’t suggest things we would like Him to do.”?  (Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook”, p 208)  If … Continue reading