Thursday, June 14, 2007

Inside our Daily Prayer Life

In case anyone who has prayed with us thus far is wondering why we pray the way we do, or in case anyone who will pray with us later along this summer wants to know, our prayer life is centered on the community. In a sense, you could say that we live a mendicant spirituality: an active ministry life with a community prayer life. In other words, our ministry is all about the gift of ourselves and the community to the world, and all the while, this is supported by our communal prayer life. So when we pray, we are praying to become a better gift of self to each other, to the Church, and to the world.

More specifically, though, we try to incorporate the ideas of the Theology of the Body into our daily prayer life. Thus, we pray in community, and in that community, we try to establish a communio personarum, a communion of persons. So we break into two choirs (groups) during our daily praying of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Rosary. We have the guys form one choir and the girls form another choir. This allows for the Theology of the Body ideas to really come into play.

In the Theology of the Body the Pope talks about coming to understand man in a better way. His “adequate anthropology,” which helps us to understand man all the better, shows us what it means to be man and woman. So in an effort to live this out in our lives, when we break into two choirs of guys and girls, we are really trying to use our masculinity and femininity in prayer in a way that helps the guys learn to be more like true men and the ladies to be more truly women.

The Pope also talks about taking everything that we’ve learned about our own masculinity and femininity and then appropriately viewing them in light of one another. So when we’re praying the Liturgy of the Hours and the Rosary we switch back and forth between girls and guys leading the Psalms or the mysteries. This allows us a chance to get to know the opposite sex even better, and thus, we are able to interact with others more appropriately.

When we pray the Liturgy of the Hours, we then move to the Gospel Canticle in which we all participate. This helps us to take all that we’ve learned about masculinity and femininity from our recitation of the Psalms and then appropriately use it in our understanding of how the Gospel should affect our daily lives. We apply the same principle with the prayers at the end of each decade of the Rosary. Through this understanding of ourselves, each other, and how we relate to one another, we are better able to understand God’s love in the Trinity. Hopefully, by the end of the summer, our community will more fully reflect God’s love in the Trinity, and maybe just maybe, we’ll be able to understand the Trinity a little more.

So please join us in praying the Rosary each day, and if you have a Breviary, please join us in our daily recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours. Each and every day, we seek to understand more fully what it means to live as men and women and then live together as a community. Please pray that we be able to respond to the wonderful graces that the Lord has in store for us with these wonderful principles that the late Holy Father has given to us.


1 comment:

Lindsay said...

I never knew that was why we always pray the LOTH in choirs of men and women. I just knew I liked it. :) Clearly, I need to learn more about TOB. The UMD campus is as much a mission field as the Walk, you know.

Also, I've noticed that you stopped using individual accounts to post, so we can't tell who's writing what. Whoever did this one did a beautiful job.

Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.