You may be wondering why I have been focusing my posts on Spiritual disciplines. You may even be wondering why I have been writing about practices that seem more prevelent in the Catholic or Orthodox traditions. The answer is that I had read recently that more and more people are looking to ancient practices of spending time with the Divine. A friend Rev. Lee Yates offers this wisdom:
“Researchers tell us that young adults (and not just those in the church) are spending a lot of money and Google search time on ancient prayer disciplines. Fasting, keeping hours, and other disciplines most often associated with monks and nuns. In this crazy hyper-speed world we live in, people are longing to live in God’s Time. They are looking to see how people did it in the past, hoping to find a better future. Searching for God’s Time.”
The practice of praying the rosary, observing the Liturgy of the Hours, meditation, fasting and others are practices have long tradition in Christian practice. In fact, some of these disciplines are evident in the writings of Paul or are rooted in Judaic practice. Tradition is often the most important aspect of a discipline.
For example, my previous post was a liturgy of prayer beads for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I really enjoyed the emphasis of the Disciples’ tradition. However, I prefer praying the rosary. Somehow, my words are joined with those of thousands of people around the world praying the rosary at the same time and continues the prayers of the rosary from centuries before. The practice of counting prayers, like the repetitive nature of Hail Marys, dates back to the 4th century. The use of prayer beads in the church may have started in the 11th or 12th century. 10 centuries of history. That’s a lot of Hail Marys!
At the intersection of God’s speed and our lightning speed is where we find the practices that connect today to the beginning of time. At this intersection, we find our true self in the presence of the Living God.
Meet you at the intersection,