We have had a Week of Prayer at Church - well 6 days - from 4-9 March when we were encouraged to spend time praying at least three times each day, following an approach to prayer called "the Examen", popularised by St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits. If you want to know more, have a look at the 24/7 Prayer International website here.
Our Church had times of corporate prayer from Monday to Friday; these were also three times a day, but sadly, because we were both unwell, I didn't make any of the meetings, and Mr. HCB only managed to go out to these twice - at 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, but he was poorly after that, so we have just prayed at home.
A Prayer Room had been set up today at the Community Centre where we worship on a Sunday, so we spent an hour there together between 1 and 2 p.m. In fact, there were friends from Church there all day from 9.00 a.m. until 5 p.m.
We were the only two in the room so we had a good time of prayer and meditation, which was helpful at the beginning of this season of Lent. There were different areas in the room to help us focus and this is one of them entitled “Resting in God”.
I am fully aware that this may not appeal to everyone, but as Christians, prayer and bible study is important to us - if this is not part of your life, I respect that, but please do not, as some have done, disrespect our views and beliefs.
Do You Want to Fast this Lent?
* Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
* Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
* Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
* Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
* Fast from worries and have trust in God.
* Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
* Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
* Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
* Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
* Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
* Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
Words from Pope Francis