Monday Prayer Practice: Wonder and Awe

I’m reading Christianity After Religion by Diana Butler Bass. She discusses the root of the term “religious”–religio. This, she says, means “finding a forgotten path of wonder and awe through the wilderness of human chaos and change.” (p. 97) Finding the path of wonder and awe . . . So do something wonderful today. Watch,…

Creative Arts Prayer Activity: Peace

I thought that the night of the first presidential debate might be a good time to share this prayer activity with you all. It’s from the Fruit of the Spirit retreat materials–from Wednesday of Peace week. It was a good prayer practice for me this morning. (Maybe every day until I no longer have teenagers…

Weekly Prayer Practice: Visual Lectio Divina

You may be familiar with the practice of lectio divina—a contemplative reading of scripture. This prayer practice of visual lectio divina is an adaptation of the group method in which there are traditionally three readings of a given scripture, with a different meditative focus for each. This visual lectio divina can be practiced individually or…

Holy Wednesday

Today is Wednesday. Holy Wednesday. The ultimate hump day of the ultimate hump week. Nothing much is happening today, but everything is about to happen. And the tension of doing nothing when so much needs done is almost too much to bear. We have a room to prepare and a meal. We have promises to…

New Year, New Prayer Notebooks

My second entry on this blog was about my practice of using a prayer notebook. My first notebook was decorated with a post-it note on which I scrawled the word “Prayer.” That notebook is now full, and I’m moving on to a more artsy notebook for 2011.  My first idea was to use the images…