My friend, Catholic writer Paul Snatchko of Between the ‘Burgh and the City tagged me for a meme that has been working its way around the Roman Catholic blogging circles. Then a short while later, another fine Catholic writer, Kim Luisi of Faith, Fiction and Flannery tagged me as well. The gist of the meme is to reveal your favorite devotions. Now I do not consider myself extremely devotional, but I do have some regular practices and you are about to learn what they are!
The Rosary – If I were to retrace my steps of return to the Roman Catholic Church over 20 years ago, you would find the path of the Rosary. (In fact I have retraced some of those steps, you can check that out right here.) I usually pray the Rosary once a day and often in my car on the way to work. I have many Rosary beads, but I usually pray with the very beautiful ones pictured below. They were made for me by Episcopalian blog friend, Kirkepsicatoid (aka Maria Evans) who I have had the pleasure of meeting in person. I’m pretty ecumenical!
My Morning Prayers – I don’t know if this counts as a devotional in the truest sense of the word, but I am listing it here. God has given me many gifts, but consistency or a sense of real discipline is not among them. I have trouble with regular patterns, what can I tell you. The one thing I do daily, almost without fail, is to awaken with words of thanks to God on my lips and then I spend some time in prayer. I read The Magnificat (where the aforementioned Paul Snatchko works!), Richard Rohr’s Radical Grace, I spend some time just being quiet and I write in my journal. At various times of the year, such as Advent and Lent, I might add something else, but the other things are my daily acts.
Now for what it is worth, I found that when I was in the hospital recently, I could not touch one of those books. I had Mark bring them to me… they sat right on my table, unopened. For some reason, I turned to my phone and decided to use the iBreviary app that I had downloaded. Each day, I did use that to pray instead of my books or journal. As it happens, the day after I got out of the hospital, Dennis Poust interviewed me for an Our Sunday Visitor article about Catholic apps – what timing. You can read that right here if you wish.
Novenas – For various feast days, I do write my own novenas and pray with them. For those who might not know what a novena is, it is a 9 day prayer. Right now I am making a novena to St. Dominic, his feast day is August 8 and he is very special to me. This is a famous painting of St. Dominic and St. Francis meeting. They were contemporaries, but I am not sure that there is evidence to support that they really met.
Sharing Faith Online – Like Paul, I am listing this as a devotion. When I first started blogging with my old (long gone) personal blog, I inched into faith posts. Then I did more and more. I began my church blog and that was another outlet. Now I often cross-post on this blog and my church blog… I am fully outed as a person of faith.
This has been a rich 3+ years of blogging and I have made many friends of faith, Roman Catholic and beyond. In particular, I have a number of Episcopalian blog friends – I actually connected with them first, way back in 2007. There are also people of other Christian denominations along with folks of many other traditions.
It has been a great blessing to meet many of my faith blogging friends. The support and love and prayer that comes from this is a gift beyond measure and important part of my faith life and practice. I present some photographic evidence of such meetings…
I went to mass at Fr. Austin Fleming’s (The Concord Pastor) parish in May 2009.
I think I made my point about faith blogging and being devotional!
OK, that’s a lot of photos and tags. Phew – I am done in. In any case, the whole idea of forming an online faith community really means something.
Or anyone else who might like to take this on!