Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hacking the Divine Office

I've been learning to pray the "Liturgy of the Hours" (a.k.a., "Divine Office"). I've made progress---to the point that I'm actually praying and not simply puzzling over what to do next.

The Hours are almost entirely a matter of of taking pre-written prayers and trying to make them one's own. Most of these prayers come from the psalms, and I've always had a hard time "owning" the psalms. The effort to move my heart to really pray these psalms, reveals a space, especially in the daytime hours, which consist of mostly "battle psalms".

This space, of course, begs the question, "why?" Why do I struggle to own these prayers?

And, I've found the search for answers to this question to be rather fruitful.

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