I’ve been part of the Not Alone Series Facebook group for months now, but I have not actually participated in their link up. Partly because I haven’t really been feeling very blog-y and partly because I feel like I have nothing to contribute to the chosen topics (but I can’t even think of anything to suggest). It’s frustrating.
But anyway, this week’s topic is prayer in the home or “How do we pray at home” I like this topic because I don’t have a prayer routine. I wish I did. So I’m hoping to see what suggestions some of the other women have to offer.
I am terrible at prayer. I do it consistently, and then I fall out of the routine and it becomes sporadic or non-existent.
But in an ideal world, when I am praying it looks something like this:
I don’t pray the rosary. I’ve tried. But I just can’t get into it. I’m just not drawn to it, however, I do like the beads. I fidget all the time and I use the beads to represent different prayers. It varies and it keeps me focussed on the prayers.
I’m doing this in the wrong order because I usually start with a passage from Scripture. If there is something in particular I’ll look up “patience” or “temperance” in the key word index and read those verses. Usually though I just flip it open and read the first passage I see and then reflect on it in my handy dandy journal.
It’s super cute with a goldfoil owl and dots on the front. I then usually follow a formula of writing what I’m thankful for, what I’m struggling with, and my reflections on the passage, etc.
Then I pray with my beads about specific intentions (which I track at the back of my journal) and then I pray the prayer of Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament, because I love this prayer. It’s such a beautiful reminder of the Trinity, the True Presence and Mary and the Saints. I try to run through the benediction at least once a day. It’s beautiful.
I also wrote it in the back of my notebook, because I’ve not yet memorized it.
And I do this all from my bed. I would love to make a little altar or shrine in my apartment but my roommate would not approve and I don’t really have space in my bedroom. I’ll try to figure out something. At the very least, I need to get a crucifix. #worstcatholicever
BUT! This is unrelated, but I’m so excited about it, I got this:
at a local craft fair. That’s beeswax, y’all. $12. Perfection.
Anyway, that’s it. I rarely pray, but when I do I pray before bed. In my bed. I have a few prayerful songs on my phone and when I walk to work and they come on the shuffle I focus and sing along (in my head) and just be present in the music and the lyrics.
My favourite is: