Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Run, don’t walk, to this website!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

If you desire to pray the Divine Office (aka the Liturgy of the Hours) that our clergy pray daily but have never been able to figure out how to use the book. That’s why DivineOffice.org is such a Godsend! All the prayers are available for each day, and presented beautifully, both visually, and through their audio podcasts. The lectors read exquisitely well and the music is also quite beautiful. I was very honored when I was asked to contribute some of my music. Run, don’t walk to this website!

Dry as bones

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Prayer is a tricky thing. Because as human beings, we are imperfect, prayerfulness is oftentimes hard to achieve. Worldly concerns can interfere a great deal with prayerfulness, which is, in essence, remaining close to God. Certainly world events in the last couple of months have proven extremely distracting for me. Between the economic meltdown and the election, my prayer life is as dry as bones (I’m imagining that reading from Ezekiel, chapter 37, in the valley of bones), and I am feeling the consequences with ever increasing anxiety and stress. I am also painfully aware of that awfully bright spotlight that God will shine on your soul every now and then which clearly reveals every fault and shortcoming. I do realize that this is a grace, a wonderful grace.

I’ve lost my way to prayer and need to find it back. None of the various methods I usually use are working. It’s time to be totally open, vulnerable, naked before the Lord. Ouch!

I would love to hear feedback on your experiences with dryness in prayer and how you returned to a prayerful state. I am certain I am not alone in this and we could all benefit from the wisdom in this community.