Monday, January 23, 2012

Prep for February: Thinking about fasting as prayer

  • Why fast?
  • Consider other ways to fast or things to fast from besides just types of food.
  • Could you fast from something that gets in the way of your relationship with God, or in the way of your connection to that which is greater than you?
  • How can we support you in the fast you choose?

Types of fasting and prayer (click the links for more info):

Other biblical readings about fasts: 

Resources about Fasting


Thomas Ryan explores the uses of fasting for health and as a spiritual practice. In this excerpt on devotion, he suggests ways to fast for those who because of health, age, or life circumstances cannot fast in the traditional sense of abstaining from food and drink. He notes that even for those who are able to fast, these alternate forms can supplement a regular, traditional fast day or replace a day of fast.
He offers these options and more:
Fast with your eyes from TV or video, and reflect more
Fast with your ears from radio or CD's, and listen more to your own heart
Fast with your feet and stop going and going, and offer yourself a daily quiet half-hour
Fast from complaining, and give thanks instead


Books about Fasting


Monday, January 9, 2012

January 2012 Flunking Sainthood at OCBC

We're reading together:
Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Riess 

Find out a little more about the author at her blog

My questions for you:

What or who are saints?
What do you believe about saints? 
Are you one? 
Could you be one? 
Do you know one (or more)?

And in preparation:
Musical Reflections on Saints

I Sing a Song of the Saints of God (midi-just music) (video)

For All the Saints (midi-just music) (video)

Other Web Resources: