Take a Pause

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Take a Pause

I invite you to light a candle and pause and pray.

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Visio Divina (Sacred Seeing)

The spiritual practice of Visio Divina (Latin for Divine Seeing) invites you to pay attention to the Holy speaking to your spiritual heart through images, photos, artwork, or icons.

If you’d like to try the practice here at Prayer Bench, you can choose an image from the gallery or use a photo of your own.

The audio recording will lead you through the Practice of Visio Divina. There is also a handout outlining the process.

Visio Divina (Sacred Seeing)

by Janice MacLean

Trinity

Trinity

I was awake the night of the full moon. It was beautiful. Full moon in a clear, black sky, Radiance reflected in a band of white light across the Lake, Brightness illuminating everything, making the night like day.  It is the Trinity in...

The Gardener of the Resurrection

The Gardener of the Resurrection

[The artwork is Christ Appears to Mary Magdalene as a Gardener, unknown artist, c. 1500] We come to the garden in the morning light.There is a glow of new life. There are butterflies flitting around an empty cross. They symbolize the journey from death to life,and the...

“My Eyes So Soft”

“My Eyes So Soft”

This is a praying with a poem post. Spend time with this poem. Read it through. Read it aloud. Notice if a word or a phrase reaches out for you, shimmers for you, resonates in your heart. MY EYES SO SOFT Don't Surrender Your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut more...

A Capacity for Seeing

A Capacity for Seeing

Soon we give way to the season of Lent and enter the weeks of reflection that invite deeper contemplation on the habits of our days.  Perhaps it is the daily views I see of lake and sky, trees and hills that makes me aware of seeing. Every day there a softness of...

Old Oak Calls

Old Oak Calls

Winter fog blurring the hills and lingering over the lake, fresh snow dusting the trees, a Celtic-feeling morning; it could be any time, ancient or unfolding now. The night-before-dream stirred, not in sound or image but in sensation Old Oak murmuring. Yes, I say. And...

An Oral Reading of Jesus Family Tree

An Oral Reading of Jesus Family Tree

Listen to a gentle and meditative reading of Jesus Family Tree. Now reflect: "And now you are part of that Great Family which has become as many as the as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand in the desert."   With gratitude to Kathy Carr for the Oral...

Advent Calendar 2023

Advent Calendar 2023

Imagine the excitement of a 19th century child invited to make the first chalk mark on the door. With 24 more marks it would be Christmas Day. Or look in the window of another 19th century home and a little one is placing the first bit of straw in the nativity crib....

Prayer Meditation for Advent

Prayer Meditation for Advent

We keep coming back to Christmas, O God, even though we’ve been here so many times. We’ve been to the manger. Year after year, we make the journey because the story is in us. And we will come again, as long as we imagine what can be, and isn’t yet. We come again to...

The Hours of Christmas Day

The Hours of Christmas Day  Praying the Hours is an ancient tradition and spiritual practice offered to hallow each day. Keeping the Hours began as prayers of the people. The ordinary workday was interspersed with times of prayer. Today it is mostly monks who follow...

6 Little Prayers

6 Little Prayers

By Janice MacLean Here are a series of six little prayers. You might want to use one to start your day and inspire your meditation. You might want to use one for a week and see what insights or actions arise. You can download a PDF copy here to print. [su_button...

Spiritual Memoir Project

Spiritual Memoir

Our lives are shaped by what we recollect, through our search for meaning, in the lessons we have learned along the way, and by what has been passed down to us. Spiritual Memoir honours what is sacred and meaningful in our lives.

Spiritual memoir is passed along in stories written down, in diaries, in journals, in letters and quilts, through family recipes, genealogies and heirlooms. It is our legacy.

You can read recollections and resources to prompt your spiritual memoir. You can listen to audio recordings that speak of insight, a lesson learned, or legacy passed on.