Pause + Pray

Connecting with Tradition

person praying with rosary in a church


“Read your email!” my oldest sister texted me. An urgent message from a niece alerted me that her mother was in the emergency room, diagnosed with the triple threat of pneumonia, COVID, and flu. I could do nothing from a distance, but followed an instinct to take refuge in our school’s chapel, not to kneel, but to walk the perimeter, meditating on the Stations of the Cross, a practice I had forsaken years ago.


God of today and yesterday,
Help me be open to the relevance of spiritual traditions
that I have sometimes carelessly neglected as I embrace
a 21st-century practice of my Catholic faith.
Give me ears to hear, eyes to see, and a vibrant memory
to connect with the richness of my centuries-old faith.


During some quiet time today, travel back through memories of practices from earlier years. Are there some that might still be relevant to you that you could try again: praying the rosary, signing up for Eucharistic adoration, or committing to a novena of prayer for someone in need?

Pause+Pray by Elizabeth Bookser Barkley

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