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...
Fr. Austin Fleming's (The Concord Pastor) parish in May 2009.
Paul, May 2009. The lower one is of me with Diane Roth in November of 2007.
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.
Who will be next? I tag Mary DeTurris Poust, Peace Garden Mama, Paul Brian Campbell SJ, and Not A Virgin But Occasionally A Martyr.
Or anyone else who might like to take this on!