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Spiritual exercise: pray-as-you-go

After I'd had an exchange on the subject of daily meditation with sashajwolf, one of my relatives on Facebook posted a link to the British Jesuits' Pray-As-You-Go website, which supplies you with daily meditations for the MP3 player, lasting about a quarter of an hour each.

It's a nice format. They start with bells to get you in the mood (there's also an option of breathing and meditation exercises to get started properly), then a hymn (not always, even not usually, in English), then a scripture reading, then a reflection on the reading, then the reading again, then the Gloria to finish with. However, I think the content is so explicitly Christian that it probably wouldn't be much use to someone whose personal preferences were not very close to Roman Catholicism.

The timing fits neatly into the second train journey of the three in my regular daily commute - the sixteen minutes or so from Leuven to Brussels North - so it's been very easy to integrate into my daily routine. More so than the gym, anyway...)

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sashajwolf
Aug. 18th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
Darn, another reason to get an MP3 player :-)
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nwhyte
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
Bleurgh, it is morning. All day. I meant that people whose religious traditions are not close to Catholicism may not get much out of these podcast prayers, and I guess I was more directing the remark at Muslims and Buddhists on my friends-list who are into meditation. But I am still too tired to think of a better way of phrasing it. No offence intended.
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nwhyte
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Good for you! ;-)
mummimamma
Aug. 18th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Hm, I had the same thought as thette did you just say Protestants aren't Christian or that we just aren't Christian enough?.
Contrary to her I am decidedly puritan, (Norwegian) low-church as so far I attend church, so I got a very "Catholic" feeling from this.

Then I had a rather amusing thought of how the same would have sounded if made by the church I belong to: Terrible off-key singing of psalm with a range of a four tones, at least 6 verses* - "Let us pray" - Ten minutes of meditation mumbling - "Amen".
I know you can get sermons on cds or more seldom, download them, but not praying session like this. Being a protestant is lonely like that.

* I really, really have a problem with modern Norwegian psalms. And Norwegian congreagations who are to subdued to sing.
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