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

33 – Jesus Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

While the Jesus Prayer can be considered a form of breath prayer, it is a much used and deceptively simple practice that deserves our attention. Frist, the words are simple and might take one of several forms, “Lord Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

32 – Breath Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Breathing is not only the most natural thing to do, it sustains life.  Breath prayer for many is a prime sustainer of life. In breath prayer we repeat a short, repetitive prayer phrase to the rhythm of our breathing.  As … Continue reading

31 – Simple Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The first chapter of Richard Foster’s Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home is entitled “Simple Prayer.”  He writes, ” … we are brought to the most basic, the most primary form of prayer: Simple Prayer … we bring ourselves before … Continue reading