The Lorica Prayer

The Lorica, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate, according to tradition, was an old Celtic prayer adapted by St. Patrick, beloved patron saint of Ireland, about 433 A.D.. In it, the person praying dons metaphorical spiritual armor against the darkness that might be faced during the day ahead.  The Lorica is a fine example of a protection prayer, a type of prayer well known […]

March 16, 2015 in Prayer by

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Forgiveness Meditation

Background Below is a forgiveness meditation. Forgiveness is critical to the spiritual life.  In the Gospel of Matthew, right after teaching us how to pray, Jesus adds, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your […]

February 9, 2014 in Prayer by

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Hand in Hand Visualization

The following guided visualization is meant to help enrich the spiritual life, enhancing your sense of connection and sacred belonging. Audio Text And now, please join me in a prayerful Hand in Hand meditation. Take a deep breath, slowly, deeply and completely. Hold it briefly. And as you exhale, slowly, deeply and completely, relax. Let all tensions […]

February 8, 2014 in Prayer by

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Tree of Life Guided Visualization

The following guided visualization is meant to help enrich the spiritual life, providing a greater sense of balance, connectedness and well-being. Audio Text Welcome and please join me in a Tree of Life meditation.  Take a deep breath, slowly, deeply and completely. Hold it briefly. And as you exhale, relax. Let all tensions go. Remember a time you […]

February 8, 2014 in Prayer by

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Palm of God’s Hand Visualization

The visualization below is meant to bring a sense of peace, comfort, and well-being. Audio Text And now, please join me for a prayerful meditation, In the Palm of God’s Hand. Take a deep breath, slowly, deeply and completely. Hold it briefly. And as you exhale, slowly, deeply and completely, relax. Let all tensions go. […]

February 8, 2014 in Prayer by

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Introduction to Prayerful Meditation

Background Below is an introduction to prayerful meditation, a tool that many have found to enrich the spiritual life. Audio Text Here’s a little instruction on how to prepare for meditation. Because we are all different, there is no single, correct way to meditate that works perfectly for everyone. But there are guidelines that can help […]

February 8, 2014 in Prayer by

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Peacemaking 101: Mediation in a Nutshell

Want to resolve a problem through mediation? The genuine desire for a peaceful resolution is the first step to success. But desire, combined with skill and knowledge, is more likely to result in the success. With that in mind, consider these helpful hints: PRIOR TO THE MEDIATION Remember the power of prayer. Pray for guidance […]

April 15, 2013 in Peacemaking by

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MBSR and Meditative Prayer As Suicide Prevention

One interesting and non-harming response might be for ministers to teach prayerful, mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. Noticing some of the unorganized suicide based on financial ruin after the economic crises, and understanding that stress crises can sometimes precipitate these suicide attempts, interested ministers might consider offering MBSR in their parishes and churches or linking forces […]

December 21, 2009 in Health and Healing by

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