Active Prayer: a powerful little practice

By |2019-05-16T05:17:28+00:00November 9th, 2017|Prayers and Blessings, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation|

A practice that I was introduced to years ago, that I have been revisiting lately, has been a prayer practice called "Active Prayer," or another way that I've heard it referred to has been called "Breath Prayer." It’s pretty simple: an active or breath prayer is a 6-12 word prayer that you pray throughout the day (usually inside yourself), and is short enough that you can pray it in the length of a breath. The active prayer is a way that many throughout history have put the following scriptures into practice: "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall always be in my mouth." - Psalm 34:1 "Pray without ceasing." - 1 Thessalonians [...]

Learning to Sing and Dance: a ragamuffin blessing

By |2019-05-16T05:00:22+00:00July 18th, 2017|Prayers and Blessings, Spiritual Disciplines|

My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it. - Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel A blessing that I categorize as a 'dangerous blessing,' is one that Larry Hine, Brennan Manning's spiritual director, gave to Manning at his ordination. I kiddingly call them 'dangerous blessings,' because, as I mentioned in my post "A Beautifully Uncomfortable Blessing," it's not that they do harm, but they courageously embrace what we would normally consider desolation for the purpose of the greatest consolation: experiencing the Love of Christ more deeply. The thing that resonates with me regarding these 'dangerous blessings,' is that they embrace an [...]

Consolation, Desolation, and the Examen Prayer

By |2019-05-16T04:54:28+00:00June 15th, 2017|Prayers and Blessings, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation|

He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself, or he loses his labor. -St. Ignatius of Loyola Something that has been paradigm shifting for me has been the Examen prayer. As a husband, father and non-profit worker, the Examen has been impactful for me, for self-awareness as well as for my spiritual development in Christ-centered discernment. I've found that it's a useful tool to see where God is at work, and is calling me to Himself throughout the day. Along with this prayer (that I'll share below), there is language (terms) that Ignatius introduces us to, called: "consolations and desolations." Generally put, a desolation is the experience of situations or circumstances that [...]

A Beautifully Uncomfortable Blessing

By |2019-05-16T04:43:48+00:00May 21st, 2017|Prayers and Blessings, Spiritual Formation|

I love blessings: prayers asking for God's favor and protection. From the ones we find in Scripture, to the long tradition of blessings that have been passed on from generation to generation through rich heritage, I've been greatly impacted by having others pray them over me. I also enjoy praying blessings over others, and there are some blessings that I kiddingly call "safe blessings," and some that I call, "dangerous blessings" - not that they do harm, but they embrace what we would normally consider desolation for the purpose of the greatest consolation of experiencing the Love of Christ more deeply. This is one of my favorites, that I categorize as a "dangerous blessing." While I'm not [...]