I am reading “Saint John Cassian on Prayer," translated by A.M. Casiday for my Lenten reading.
Reading a book for Lent is an oblate practice borrowed from chapter 48 of the Rule, written for monks in monasteries by our Holy Father St. Benedict.
I read in my chair reserved for Benedictine prayer or reading books like “Saint John Cassian on Prayer."
A friend set up an entire prayer room in her house and that got me thinking that I could do a better job at making my prayer time more secluded from the world.
I use my prayer chair even though being an oblate has also made my “regular work time” much more a part of my “spiritual life.”
As an oblate, I see all my time as being devoted to God whether I am working or praying. On good days, the whole day seems consecrated to God — there is not one part for work and another part for spiritual contemplation.
I recognize that there is an apparent conflict in saying that my spiritual life is enhanced when I use my separate prayer chair and then also saying that my oblate practices merge the worldly and spiritual compartments of my life.
But from where I sit, either in my prayer chair or in front of my computer working, I can now see more clearly that there is no conflict and no separations.
Picture is Candles by SeaN Rozekrans.
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