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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.

Read. Pray. Write‪.‬ Read. Pray. Write.

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 3.9 • 7 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.

    Pray: Resist obstacles to love with new habits

    Pray: Resist obstacles to love with new habits

    Ignatian spirituality teaches that those on the pathway to love find strength for the journey in a very undramatic and almost unnoticeable way: building up habits of freedom focused on the good of others. Learn more in this reading by the author of Habits of Freedom: 5 Ignation Tools for Clearing Your Mind and Resting Daily in the Lord, Fr. Michael Collins, SJ.







































































    Purchase this title from an independent bookseller.Write: Journal about this meditation.

















































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    Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ, is vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He is also author of Three Moments of the Day and The Word Made Love. He regularly gives retreats around the country based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola..

    • 7 min
    Finding Hope in Encounter with Christ

    Finding Hope in Encounter with Christ

    Thomas Merton reminds us that “True encounter with Christ liberates something in us, a power we did not know we had, a hope.”  

























































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    Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Cistercian monk known as Fr. Luis at the Abbey of Gethsamani. Many esteem him as a spiritual master, a brilliant writer, and a man who never shied from engaging issues of his day as part of his quest for God and for human solidarity. Since his death, many volumes by him have been published, including five volumes of his letters and seven of his personal journals. According to present count, more than 60 titles of Merton’s writings are in print in English, not including the numerous doctoral dissertations and books about the man, his life, and his writings.































































    Write: Inspired by this meditation, write a prayer poem.

    • 6 min
    Pray: Untie knots with Mary’s healing

    Pray: Untie knots with Mary’s healing

    Christine Valters Paintner reads from her most recent book, Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal. She says that the Holy Mother not only unties knots in our lives, she asks us to see those tender, hurting places as portals for divine grace.















































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    Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. numerous books on spirituality and creativity, including Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal. Her programs draw on the wisdom of the desert, Celtic, and Benedictine spiritual traditions as well as the joy of the expressive arts, embodied practice, and Earth-cherishing wisdom. Her book can be ordered here . She also offers a 7-day series of morning and evening prayers to connected to the new title. 































































    Write: A response to this meditation where holy vulnerability replaces pain.  

    • 7 min
    Pray: Grace is found in honoring the dead

    Pray: Grace is found in honoring the dead

    Author & blogger Mary Pezzulo shares an excerpt from her most recent book, Stumbling into Grace: How We Meet God in Tiny Works of Mercy. She recounts what she and her young daughter learned about the works of mercy during walks through a cemetery.  





































































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    Mary Pezzulo received her BA in English from Otterbein University. She blogs about art, religion, politics and her life in Northern Appalachia at the Steel Magnificat blog on the Patheos Catholic channel. She is the author of The Sorrows and Joys of Mary and Meditations on The Way of the Cross from Apocryphile Press.





























































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    Write: Extend this meditation by writing a prayer in your spiritual journal.

    • 8 min
    Pray: God’s plan evident even in struggle

    Pray: God’s plan evident even in struggle

    minimeditationWe can find "thorny grace" in day-to-day difficulties









    Listen again to a contemporary essay prayed using with the traditional monastic approach to lectio divina. Read how this author, and the podcast host, were inspired to find God’s grace in the great puzzle of life.





























































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    Brian Doyle (1956-2017) described himself as “a story catcher” who wrote about spirituality, family, nature, and the human heart with a distinctive joyful style. He wrote over two dozen books, including novels and essay collections. Doyle was also the longtime editor of Portland, the University of Portland’s alumni magazine.

































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    Write: See a prompt for your writing from this episode.























    Read: How pilgrimage can be a journey of discovery toward joy and renewal.

    • 9 min
    Pray: Finding a Home at God’s Altar

    Pray: Finding a Home at God’s Altar

    minimeditationEven the exiled have a home









    Psalm 84 is the first of several psalms that attempt to help the exilic Israelite community find hope in their traditions. But the psalmist recognizes that those alone are not adequate: the only source of true hope–and home–is the Lord.

































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    Write: See a prompt for your writing from this episode.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 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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