||[Jul. 22nd, 2008|08:56 pm]
Hi, I'm utterly new to this community and have a question. I'm looking for somewhere that I can access prompts for my prayer journal. I want to keep one, but have trouble focusing on what to write about. I know there are places that have secular prompts, but I'd like to find one that has sacred ones. Can anyone help?|
you know at Mass those little psalms they randomly say (at our Church, people will just be singing and then suddenly a random psalm is thrown in and confuses everyone), you could always look at the ones for the daily mass and use them?
Choose a scripture passage or psalm that you like. Write your own thoughts and feelings. Leave space so that you can add more as you think about it. In my handwritten journals I only write on the right side of the notebook and add thoughts on the left with an arrow going to the topic on the right which it pertains to.
But honestly, I've been at this for 20 years and don't know of any 'recipe' type books such as you're seeking.
You can also listen to your favorite hymn or write it out and think deeply about what is really being said.
I suppose you could also use religious books like St. Therese of Lisieux's autobiography. I found it very inspirational.
Forgive me for being so late, but I'm actually trying to track down brotherskeeper1. brotherskeeper1, your privacy settings are not allowing me to reply to your message or post a comment, thus I can't respond. I'm not certain you'll even read this, but it's my best shot at responding to you.
Again, my deepest apologies for intruding, suburban_mom, and I hope everything has worked out for you.
I received your email response. I don't have my comment setting to block any posts in any community ... honestly, your are the first person to bring this to my attention.
Not communities per se, but the message you sent to my inbox, specifically. I tried to respond, LJ would not allow me to send it due to your privacy settings. I then tried to post the message as a comment to your journal, to the entry dated January 5th, 2008. LJ said your comments were set to a friend's only status. I believe this status may also have been the problem with the private messaging system. Or perhaps I'm doing something wrong?
I'm sorry I'm such a bother, but I didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.
The book "Moment by Moment" by Carol Ann Smith and Eugene F. Merz is really good. I was first given a copy when I went on a retreat with the Daughters of Charity in California, and I still use it often. It offers scripture passages, reflection questions, and writings from St. Ignatius to help guide your prayer; it lends itself nicely to journaling as each "Moment" has a different topic (such as "Listening to God").
You can buy it on Amazon.com - there's also a second book of the same series that I haven't personally used, but I'm sure it is good as well! :)
I'm not sure if this is what you have in mind, but maybe The Liturgy of the Hours has something in it that will help? A portion of The Office of Readings focuses on a psalm or psalms, followed by a scripture reading, then a homily or writings from the Church's history.
Sorry this is such a delayed response. I was just browsing this community's entries and figured I'd reply. :)
All I would say is read as much as you can, please get in touch...I am really intrigued at your idea.