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Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day Paperback – October 25, 2010
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"'Time is money, and money is scarce.' All who are driven by this double misconception get squeezed into a frantic rat race. Macrina Wiederkehr shows you a way out." --David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B., Author of The Music of Silence
"This terrific book brings the ancient prayer of the Church into modern focus as the author invites the readers to mark the moments of the day with prayer. [Wiederkehr] offers inspiration galore to feed the soul in simple, yet profound everyday--hourly--ways." --Religion Teacher's Journal
"A wonderful resource for those who routinely pray the hours, whether communally or privately. It offers an effective antidote to the monotony and distraction that can imperceptibly drain daily prayer of life and meaning. Reading this book, one will awaken to the deeper symbolic dimensions of each hour and thereby be able to redirect one's energy towards a fuller, faith-filled, cosmic participation." --Cistercian Studies Quarterly
"This inspiring devotional resource will serve as a catalyst to spur your own practice of being present and paying attention to the sacred rhythms of the day." -- --Spirituality & Practice
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Sister Macrina Wiederkehr adapts traditional, daily cycles of prayer with thoughtful themes to focus our meditations and offers all kinds of resources: from specific prayers and readings we can use to little meditation-provoking nuggets of wisdom from a variety of writers.
In the introduction of her book, she reminds us that the original rule of St. Benedict called on monks to pray their way through all 150 Psalms each week -- a daunting task in today's busy world. So, she writes, "this book is to provide you with poetic reflection material on the spirit of the hours rather than the historical text of the hours."
I also appreciate her breadth of selections in the book from scriptures themselves to lines by W.H. Auden, Kahlil Gibran and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Nicely done. Nicely packaged. A great companion for a new season.
How can ordinary people practice a rhythm of pausing and noticing, noticing the work and presence of God in their world?
Why are the Divine Hours a helpful rhythm of prayer?
A few years ago I discovered the Divine Hours - those ancient rhythms of prayer that purposefully take one through the day with the Lord, pausing in the middle of the day for small conversation. I've discovered wonderful prayerbooks that guide through the hours, but it wasn't until I came across a Benedictine Short Breviary that I had seen a prayerbook that really guided through all seven hours (see below).
I quickly purchased that Breviary and excitedly kept company with the Lord on the seven hours, with some routine, but a lot of struggle to keep the rhythm. Carrying that little book with me everywhere as well as trying to pause in the middle of the day was a tough discipline to establish. I enjoyed, however, the significance of the pauses in the day; each pause and time of prayer had a certain something to add to that time of day, even projecting and connecting times of life to times of the day.
To illustrate what I enjoyed, this comes from Weiderkehr's book: "We practice pausing to remember the sacredness of our names, who we are, and what we plan on doing with the incredible gift of our lives-and how we can learn to be in the midst of so much doing. We have to practice loving and forgiving. We practice breathing and being careful with one another's life. We practice nonviolence. We practice enjoying what we have rather than storing up possessions. We practice silence.Read more ›
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A copy of this book lives on my nightstand. Well, except when it's in my purse or in my carry-on for a trip. No, I am not a Catholic. In fact, I'm not even a Christian. But Sr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Shugerman
The Lord has led me to pray the Hours and this book has helped me to recommit to this essential practice!
It is beautifully and magically written. I use for meditations as much as the Bible.Published 5 months ago by Meredith
The introduction is well worth reading but the actual "Pauses" are truly gold! They are prayerful, poetic and deeply conducive to meditation when read in a meditative way.Published 9 months ago by Terry Casey
I liked the concept, but the author uses quotes from all kinds of sources (Bible, Quran, politicians, poets, secular song lyrics, etc.) to encourage prayer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pat Forsythe