One of my major temptations in prayer is self-centeredness, so I try to seek out practices that take me outside of myself. Leaving my apartment and focusing my mind on Jesus Christ through walking prayer. Praying the liturgy of the hours to discipline my prayer according to the needs of the world.
I'm spending Christmas Eve alone for the first time in my life. It's tough, but it's worth it because @Julian is doing fantastic work as a chaplain tonight. Tonight, pray in a special way for all who work over Christmas and their families.
OK, so here's my thought on how we start: following the suggestion of @jimrobinson, we commit to posting once a week (maybe on Wednesday nights?) about our contemplative practices and how they are going.
@jimrobinson Happy birthday! Time for a feast in the monastery!
American culture has constructed a sort of liturgical season out of the days following Thanksgiving (Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday / Giving Tuesday). Two thoughts: 1) it is fascinating that Sunday has been spared! Perhaps an unconscious nod to the sacred? 2) The U.S. church could put forth a series of feast days to counter this. If the culture is going to treat this week liturgically, why not counter with some prophetic wisdom? What feast days would you propose?
@jimrobinson Peace be with you on this feast of Christ the King!
@jbmorrison welcome, Jill!
@njcollura welcome, Nick!
The administrator of the monastery.social instance as we get things started.
A progressive, intentional, and contemplative Christian community is coming in several months!