I recently took a week-long, mostly silent retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani. A report of this blissful experience is in the works. In the meantime, I have undertaken a new project and I hope that you will join me in the endeavor.
My retreat inspired me to make prayer a larger and more essential element of my spiritual life by designating the year 2013 a year of prayer for me. Some small success in blogging, along with witnessing the amazing rise of social media, encouraged me to share my year of prayer with the world.
Every day of the year 2013, I will compose a prayer and post it to this blog. Far from a mere writing exercise, this work will be part of my daily spiritual practice as, through prayer, I wrestle with the universal issues of life and the dilemmas of our modern age. From the joy of witnessing and contributing to genuine charity to the plea peace between religions; from anxiety over my daughter’s surgery to grief and anger at the latest violence in our cities. These are the realities of our life, for humanity is one and it’s problems exist for us all.
Which is why I need your help.
Through solitary prayer we expand our hearts and come closer to the Absolute Truth and Good. Through collective prayer we realize the inherent Truth and Goodness at the core of each of us. United in praise, petition, celebration and mourning, we are united in thought, deed, heart, and spirit. Praying together as Hindus, Christians, skeptics, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews and so on, we pray together as sisters and brothers, and we elevate the whole of our world.
You can find the new blog here. Currently there is only a place-holder, though it is admittedly a very good one which I myself did not compose.
Please pray with me through the year. Read the post for the day, reflect upon it, recite it or use your own words. Share it with friends and family. Make your own year of prayer blog and connect to this one. Make this a practice in your family, your place of worship, your sewing circle, your coffeshop group. Extend the energy of prayer in all directions in your life. Together we can transform ourselves and our lives — our life together — and, with great effort and patience, perhaps we can even do a little good in the world.
May your life be blessed.