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The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    Give it a go Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, making an Ignatia

    Give it a go
    Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, making an Ignatian retreat, and practicing lectio divina have all tempted me in recent years. Mix into that a devout Catholic friend who honors the liturgical seasons but notes that something is missing when one doesn’t read scripture as a whole. Plus Henri Nouwen worried about not having memorized many prayers; he feared that in a crisis he might not be able to rely on the kind of spontaneous, talking-to-God he practiced in daily life. These few examples bring me to the conclusion that individuals have “prayer personalities.”

    Daria Sockey’s guide to praying the liturgy of the hours provides a clear description of the practice that certainly is better suited to some personalities than to others. Readers with little or lots of experience in this form of prayer will be encouraged and further motivated. Those who have not tried “LOTH” (term used by many longtime practitioners), will have an easier time deciding whether to give it a go.

    The book is divided into three parts. Part One contains a history of LOTH and factors that make it special: (1) unites us to the universal church, (2) is liturgical, (3) is scriptural, (4) flows from and into the Mass, (5) is the prayer of Jesus. Part Two describes the structure of LOTH, reminding us that “hours” refers to recommended time of day, but each segment may be completed in around 10 minutes. Part Three discusses common “quibbles” with LOTH and presents ideas for taking up the practice as an individual.

    Sockey offers a number of web sites that feature podcasts and readings, some available automatically by email. She also suggests ways of getting started slowly and references several books for help in that area. Best of all, her approach is never rigid, always leaving an opening for readers to take whatever steps seem right at the time and see what happens.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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