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Pray-as-you-go with episodes that bring together music, an inspiring text, time for meditation, brief interviews with faith-filled creatives who share how sacred reading can provide soul food for us all, and writing prompts on the www.readpraywrite.com website for further contemplation.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Pray-as-you-go with episodes that bring together music, an inspiring text, time for meditation, brief interviews with faith-filled creatives who share how sacred reading can provide soul food for us all, and writing prompts on the www.readpraywrite.com website for further contemplation.

    Ash Wednesday Minisode

    Ash Wednesday Minisode

    Psalm 4 remains relevant today because few feelings are more unvarnished than the regret, embarrassment, humility and pain we feel when we must admit our failings, or confess a sin. We may tremble and weep. If we don’t we know our hearts will harden.



































    WRITING PROMPT  On this Ash Wednesday when it is perhaps too easy to focus on the darkness of atonement, think about and write how you usually approach God: with confidence in his mercy or temerity?Take this opportunity to create some resolutions for Lent: Over the next 40 days, what will you pray about, write about, and observe in your day-to-day life so you remember to not only confess your sins but also remember God’s infinite love and forgiveness? 

    • 8 min
    Exploring the “Waste of Our Being” with Carl McColman

    Exploring the “Waste of Our Being” with Carl McColman

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    IN THIS EPISODE Lessons in Our Personal Wasteland

























































    Carl McColman discusses how we are all called to be contemplative even in the middle of a noisy world and despite our distracted minds. If we are people of faith, we must meet the chaos in the presence of the Holy Spirit.Additional resources mentioned by Carl: Prayer & Prophecy, Kennith Leech, The Grace in Dying, Kathleen D. SinghWRITING PROMPT   Is there a person in your life who has taught you more about living, love, spirituality and compassion than any scriptural passage or religious teaching? It could be that your relationship is complicated or messy, but full of love even where you did not expect it. Write down what “unteachable lesson” this relationship taught you and why you needed it.

































    About the Guest

























































    Carl McColman is a blogger, podcaster, and the author of books like The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Befriending Silence, and most recently Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught and Why That’s Okay. Carl has been a practitioner of Christian contemplative prayer for over 35 years; he is a life-professed lay associate of the Trappist Monastery near where he lives just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a commissioned Centering Prayer presenter, a spiritual director, and a retreat leader. You can find Carl online at www.carlmccolman.com or www.encounteringsilence.com

    • 44 min
    Lenten Minisode: Aquinas’s Meditation on Suffering

    Lenten Minisode: Aquinas’s Meditation on Suffering

    IN THIS EPISODE Enduring for Christ

































    In preparation for Lent, which begins Feb. 26, Doctor of the Church St. Thomas of Aquinas (Feast Day Jan. 28) offers his Meditations for this liturgical season. This text reminds us that Christ endured death as an example that the truth should never be abandoned, even if it means we must endure especially in times of suffering.

    • 4 min
    Minisode: Looking for a Sign

    Minisode: Looking for a Sign

    IN THIS EPISODE Signs Are All Around Us































    We sometimes hold so tightly to what we want that we miss what is being offered. For important decisions, we sometimes have a small voice inside prompting us to pay attention to other options, but we stubbornly resist.  Often a sign, such as a rainbow, can catch us off guard and prompt us to notice differently. In Genesis 9: 12-16, God reminds us that a rainbow will always be a sign of His promise to love us.

































    WRITING PROMPT  Think about the last time you saw a rainbow. Write about the experience: the when, where, with whom, but most of all, try to capture how you felt when seeing it.  Were you uplifted by its rareness? Were you thrilled by its beauty?  Did you appreciate it more because it was fleeting?Now connect that feeling to an important decision you are trying to make. Is there an option that allows for beauty, appreciation and positivity, one that you had not noticed before?

    • 8 min
    Minisode: A Musical Gift

    Minisode: A Musical Gift

    IN THIS EPISODE Music for your meditation































    Enjoy this musical interlude as a moment of contemplation in the midst of your holiday rush. After listening, sit in silence and peace.

































    When the Present and the Past Align by Martin Dunlea





















    WRITING PROMPT    On this Christmas Eve, simply listen to Where’s the Silence? by Martin Dunlea (Click here to hear the version with lyrics). In this peaceful moment, write a list of the many gifts you have already received, including God’s love, mercy, and grace.

































    About the Guest























































    Cork-born Guitarist, Martin Dunlea is a self-taught musician who lives in County Wicklow Ireland. He spent a number of years performing with traditional whistle virtuoso Cormac Breatnach, and recorded with the actress/singer Vanessa Williams on two tracks for her Atlantic Records album “Silver and Gold.”Martin wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered his first solo album “When the Present and the Past Align.” It contains a collection of eleven personal songs written over a two-year period.  Photo by Roger Liptrot

    • 6 min
    Minisode: Light Your Soul’s Lamp

    Minisode: Light Your Soul’s Lamp

    IN THIS EPISODE Trust Your Soul's Memory































    As we rush around our days we often make lists, voice memos, and notes because for fear we will forget something important. But in Psalm 18, King David reminds us that we can trust the Lord to guide us in our most important decisions and situations. The Irish poet John O’Donohue once wrote that in the soul, “nothing is lost. This is a great consolation: The happenings of life do not disappear. Nothing is ever lost or forgotten. Everything is stored within your soul in the temple of memory.”

































    WRITING PROMPT    Ancient monks sang through the entire 150 passages of the psalter, making the imagery and meaning their own over time by memorization. As an Advent preparation exercise that helps us trust our soul’s memory for what is most important—love, faith, humility, purity—follow the hyperlink to this psalm and commit all or part of it to memory over the next few weeks.  Store it in the temple of your soul in preparation of Christ’s coming. 

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

nimbobumpke ,

Provoking

This is not your standard faith based podcast. Artists, musicians, writers, speakers, activists and others share their faith in action and how it influences and motivates their works. I have yet to listen to an episode that has not had me reflecting days later on something said by a guest or discussed with the host. Well worth your time. Do something good for yourself and have a listen.

KSK2575 ,

Refreshing guide to prayer

Interesting guests and thought-provoking approach to Lectio Divina.

Cutthroat Rick ,

A new perspective on Lectio Divina

I have to say I am very excited to have found this new enterprise and am even more excited to have landed on so soon after it hit the air. I tend to be late to the parade far more often then being in time to see to see the first float go by.

This is going to be good podcast, perhaps a great one. I have practiced Lectio Divina for more than 10 years but sometimes the effort becomes difficult and the voice that speaks the message of the text is hard to discern. This format is one that lends itself to casual walks with a dog because the bite offered is easy enough to chew and swallow without becoming to focused I risk being waffled by a passing car.

I expect there will be times when the shared reflection will enough to prompt some insight worthy of consideration. Other times, such as today, I will prompted to spend more time to study because the topic hits a nerve.

I became a fan of Cassidy Hall through the Encountering Silence podcast so I was thrilled to listen to the podcast which began with an ever provocative quote from Merton which urges me to spend less time searching and more time in contemplation to find my own voice, my own wisdom and my own path.

50 stars would be more appropriate than the 5 available.

Well done, very well done indeed.

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