Saturday, December 2, 2017

Rejoice! Your Savior Will Come.

photo credit: Fr. Dennis Brown/facebook

Wishing you all a Happy Liturgical New Year!  Let this be a new beginning for your practice of the Liturgy of the Hours. If you don't already say the complete daily Office, then add one of the hours starting today (or tomorrow). Or resolve to add a little chanting or singing--maybe just the hymn or the gospel canticle, or just the opening and closing of versicle of each hour.   Your pick. 

Maybe your advent improvement will be to slow down a bit while praying the psalms, and/or to observe a few seconds of silent reflection after each psalm (the optional  psalm prayer is really just a substitute to personal reflection.) Or perhaps it will be to invite a family member or co-worker or friend to pray it with you.

It hardly matters what you do, just do something to enhance your experience of the prayer of the Church.

As always, any questions or comments are welcome. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Liturgy of the Hours Prompts Conversion to Catholic Faith.

I just came across this lovely account of a man for whom the Liturgy of the Hours was the catalyst for his conversion to the Catholic Faith. And it gets even better. Originally a city councilman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Andrae Goodnight went on to  an actor, moved to Los Angeles, and is currently starring in a play about the life of Augustus Tolton, the first African-American Catholic priest!

It's quite a story. Do go and read it.

And here's more information on his show: Tolton--from Slave to Priest