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Morning Prayer and Ruth

The Old Testament reading in the Daily Office this week (7 Epiphany, Year A) is the Book of Ruth.1 An appropriate text as we head into Lent, Naomi and Ruth experience the vicissitudes of life, from grief and widowhood, migration and isolation, to friendship, loyalty, and love. If you are looking for more resources on the Book of Ruth you will find at the menu above my brief commentary on the Book of Ruth, essays […]

Q: What are the principal kinds of prayer?

We are preparing some of our youth at St. B’s for confirmation and in so doing are working our way through the Catechism: An Outline of the Faith. As I was preparing last week I noticed the question referenced in the title. The Catechism reads as follows, Q: What are the principal kinds of prayer? A: The principal kinds of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition. Notice something missing? Where is lament? If you […]

Is Praying for Academic Success Cheating? « Exploring Our Matrix

Jim asks an interesting question. Be sure to go to his blog to comment, but I agree with the fathers, prayer changes us, not God. Jen McCreight posted on her blog about someone who gave thanks for having passed an exam, and expressed gratitude for prayers offered on their behalf. Jen made several comments, among which this seemed to me the most interesting: “Seriously, if God really is the reason that some students were doing […]

Praying with Twitter

On Twitter and need reminders to pray rather than eavesdrop on @stephenfry? Check out the feeds from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Prayer Feeds on Twitter We have set up the following prayer feeds on Twitter. (occasional news items for prayer) (hourly feed of prayers taken from the below four feeds) (hourly feed of prayers from the Psalms) (hourly feed of prayers from this set attributed to John Chrysostom) […]