Tuesday, April 24, 2018

From the Catholic Hipster

I always love to share someone else's published enthusiasm for the Liturgy of the Hours. So when Alert Reader Rachael Murphy told me about this article by Tommy Tighe, I had to drop everything and let you know about it at once. Here's the beginning:

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul makes a recommendation that at first glance seems flat out impossible: “pray without ceasing.”
When I hear that, my first reaction is something akin to, “He can’t be serious, right?”
I react that way, despite the fact that I pretty much check my social media feeds without ceasing, snack without ceasing, and complain without ceasing. For some reason, those come pretty easy to me. 

Praying without ceasing though? Not so much!

There’s just too much to do! I’m working full-time, spending most of my time away from work corralling three kids into our minivan and around town, and I’ve got WAY too many shows to stream on Netflix after the kids finally fall asleep. 

I feel pretty lucky to cram a single Hail Mary into the midst of all that, but “pray without ceasing?” I can’t even imagine!

A few years ago, however, I made a Lenten goal that changed my entire way of viewing St. Paul’s directive...
By the way, this author, who styles himself "The Catholic Hipster", has a book out with the same title. I read and reviewed it  on Catholic Digest when it came out a year or so ago. It's a fun book. 


  1. Please note: the first link in the blog "by Tommy Tighe" works and takes you to the article on The Angelus website. The second link "You can guess where he's heading..." doesn't work. At least for me, it led to "Not Found, Error 404," so go with the first link to read further.

  2. I love the Office, but I've always found the connection between its rationale and St Paul's admonition to be rather forced. In my experience, the Byzantine Christian hesychastic tradition of the Jesus Prayer is much more germane to the Pauline exhortation. If you haven't read the popular, anonymous work of 19th century Russian spirituality, The Way of the Pilgrim (aka The Pilgrim's Tale) about the unceasing prayer of the heart, I very strongly recommend it.

    1. I should clarify, not trying to take issue with Tommy Tighe's article. If someone discovers the Office by relation to the idea of unceasing prayer -- praise God!