This pic was from 38 kg ago….
Walking, jogging, instead of Taebo. Counting WW points. I lost a kg this week. Only nine more to go!
St Pio of Pietrelcina. September 23.
“I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because … these things … you have revealed to little ones” (Mt 11,25). How appropriate are these words of Jesus, when we think of them as applied to you, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we ask you, humility of heart so we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel, to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of his Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask him. Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will be able to recognize right away in the poor and suffering the face of Jesus. Sustain us in the hour of the combat and of the trial and, if we fall, make us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed homeland, where we hope to arrive in order to contemplate forever the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Pope John Paul II – Homily at the Canonization of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, – 16 June 2002
Our first unit is on Christian prayer.
As I mentally argue my way through the required readings, playing Devil’s Advocate as I tend to do when studying..a habit learned long ago, at a girls’ secondary school and then at university..as I argue intellectually, I also discuss ideas..with Alexander and any of the other kids who happen to be around. And I pray. More.
Pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17).
St Paul tells us to pray without ceasing, to make our lives a prayer, to practice the awareness of the presence of God in our moments of life.
It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop, . . . while buying or selling, . . . or even while cooking. St. John Chrysostom
One way to do this is through set prayers, at set times of the day.
Set prayers? Formal prayers, prayers that take us out of our ego centric, self centredness. That remove us from the circumstances in which we find ourseves and force us to think of God, of others, of whole realms of prayer, of types of prayer, of different people and areas that need prayer, of sins of omission.
Formal prayers that join us to other Christians, praying these prayers; to Christians in the past; the communion of saints, the community of the church.
Formal prayers that help us avoid shallowness but that act as a form of spiritual training..so we are not stuck in our ruts and comfort zones of prayer but are forced, if you like, as a physical trainer forces and challenges one to try new workouts, forced to pray, to think differently, to try new spiritual exercises that may be challenging or uncomfortable..at least at first.
And it helps to think of pegs in our day. Activities to which we can peg prayer, as a habit. Items or objects to which we can peg prayer.
Like praying the Angelus at lunch time. Or having a small object, a cross or rosary beads perhaps, or a holy card , or an open Bible or prayer book, on the counter or on the desk or on the table, or a religious icon as a computer background, so each time we glance at it, we remember to pray. To think of God. To pray without ceasing. To develop an awareness of the presence of God.
Years ago, two friends and I agreed to peg, well, um, Kegel exercises to our praying of the Rosary. ( Gosh, the things I mention on this blog!).
We can turn this around and peg prayers, short prayer aspirations or ejaculations, like Lord, you know that I love you ( John 21:15) or Thy will be done! (Fiat voluntas tua!) or Domine Iesu Christe, Filius Dei, miserere me peccatorem! (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!) Luke 18:13..we can peg these prayers to activities like answering the phone, turning on the computer, checking text messages, hanging out laundry…or to a workout, like praying during my jog this morning.
Prayer is the action of God and of man, springing forth from both the Holy Spirit and ourselves, wholly directed to the Father, in union with the human will of the Son of God made man.(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2564)
Prayer like this unifies or integrates our faith and our life.
They are one and the same, aren’t they?
Even when I play Devil’s Advocate.
The point of using these prayers — and other long, complex, and formal prayers — is, first of all, to take advantage of “best practices”. They are magnificent, beautiful, and compelling, and obviously they worked (i.e., God took notice of them), or nobody would have bothered writing them down for posterity! We use these prayers for the same reason that we read classic literature: there is a timeless beauty and value to them such that they survived the Darwinian process of history — survival of the fittest. blogoslovi
I was told something this weekend. Something I needed to hear. About accepting myself while still trying to be better. That maybe who I am is okay; I don’t have to be like another; I can prayand work on my weaknesses, yes, but some of what I perceive as weaknesses are really just me.
Striving for perfection, with the grace of God. Remembering that there are different ways, different paths to perfection; that God made us all differently.
So, I sit here feeling somewhat hungry. Cutting back on food in order to lose some more weight. And I remember the spiritual advice of this weekend. Apply it to my weight loss and fitness endeavours.
As the author Lisa Delaney , of Former Fat Girl, says ~ It is not an option to obsess.
To obsess about food. To obsess about wishing I was the quiet, gentle type of woman.
It’s not an option to obsess. About anything.
I know it is hard to believe when you’re in it, but I know that with every attempt to lose the weight, get healthy, start exercising–success or non-success (i will not use the f-word!)–I learned something about myself. What made it harder, what made it easier, which foods I could live without, which fitness routines I absolutely couldn’t stand. And all of that knowledge helped me, in the end, become an FFG. ( Former Fat Girl)
I have blogged a bit before about forgiveness, about our need to give ourselves a break when we don’t meet our goals. If we truly believe this is a journey, a process, that should make it easier to look at our stumbles as lessons that will make us stronger and smarter when we wake up tomorrow. Know that I still struggle with this, too, in all aspects of my life. I struggle to get past every less-than-perfect moment in my life … every lapse of memory …, every slip of the tongue …., every inadequacy…Every extra slice of pizza … sneaky bite of chocolate … fingerful of icing. It’s almost a physical process to shut out the urge to dwell, overanalyze, relive these little moments. Sometimes, I visualize myself pushing closed the door to a huge vault, shutting myself off from those super-self-critical thoughts. It’s another INO moment: It’s Not an Option to obsess. Former Fat Girl
With Korean Meat Skewers as part of dinner.
Marinating the meat with soy sauce, sugar, ginger, sherry, garlic, onion. Note the use of a Tupperware container!