Sacrificium Laudes

Musings on Liturgy, Lived Catholicism, and Traditional Religion

What Sirena is Listening to: “Pray as you go”

http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/

About Pray as you go

Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend.  It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.

Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Our aim is to help you to:

  • become more aware of God’s presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God’s word
  • grow in your relationship with God

It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.

 

What Sirena is Watching:

This is a really important one.
And this is one of the reasons why I’m not raving about Religious Liberty.

What Sirena is Reading: Love in the Ruins: Modern Catholics in Search of the Ancient Faith

“Every Catholic who has found refuge in the traditions of the Church has a story. One doesn’t end up at the Latin Mass by accident…”

I started reading this book to have a better understanding of what people experience when they attend a Mass said in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite for the first time, and why they chose to continue to attend Mass said in this form over Mass said in the Ordinary Form.

It may be surprising to know I pulled away from the book for a while for fear that I might become very angry at liturgical abuses, and chew out (I know. I can’t really think of better terms right now) every person who might have a dismissive attitude to a form of the Mass they know very little about.

My fear was that the book would provoke anger and rage within me, but reading it actually allowed me to look within myself and ask myself why I began attending the Traditional Latin Mass. By doing this, I was able to calmly reflect on the reasons that led me to attend the Latin Mass on a consistent basis. Surprisingly, I have decreased in bitterness to those who are simultaneously generally unaware of the beauty of traditional liturgy and content with the (at most times) careless treatment and execution of the Novus Ordo Mass.

I still haven’t read Love in the Ruins in its entirety, but so far, the impression I got from it was this:

that this book contains real testimonies of Catholics who have come to appreciate and love the Mass “from which [the Ordinary Form] developed (Catholic News Service. “The Call of Beauty.”),”  and whose spiritual lives have been nourished in a way that only the Traditions of Holy Mother Church can nourish.

If you’re a Catholic who feels you’re being deprived of the Traditions of the Church, but who is scared of knowing what those Traditions are and what you’ll be like after being fed such beauty and transcendence, the stories in Love in the Ruins might help you to open your heart and embrace your Catholic Faith more fully.

What Sirena is Watching: Freemasonry Unmasked with John Salza

 

What Sirena is reading:

1. You and Thousands Like You by Owen Francis Dudley

“From then onwards, left to itself, humanity must inevitably, like the Gadarene Swine, drive downwards to destruction under the impetus of the weight of its own evil. I am inclined to think that stage has now come, and that process of destruction has begun.” -Chapter 1, page 2 of You and Thousands Like You.

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“Life is not intended to be lived under fear. There is no need for us to live under fear. There is no need for us to regard the future with fear, whatever is going to happen. We can win freedom from fear if we wish it. We can take a road which is not the road the world has taken, or, at the moment, shows any sign of taking.” -Chapter 1, page 4 of You and Thousands Like You.

The first chapter is only four pages long. I’ve never been so eager to live the Catholic faith after reading the first chapter of a book.

Now on the second chapter.

Will possibly do a book review in the near future.

What Sirena’s watching while she is working.

What Sirena’s watching on YouTube

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Mark Shea of Catholic and Enjoying It!

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Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.TV

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