This Lent we are searching for mercy in the usual places.
We dive into silence to fight in prayer and give ourselves to fasting to align our desires with God's.
How can we climb the mountain where God dwells?
We will find silence so we can hear Him speaking from within. We will create intentional spaces for solitude and prayer. Crossing from shallow silence where "I" is the center we will trek toward the peak where we are not only silent with out lips but where our hearts are resting in the silence of the Holy Spirit. Be it at night or during the day, sitting or walking, short or long, we will not give up until the Word will resound louder than any other voice.
We will pray no matter how great or how dull it will feel. We will create a community of people who carry each others burdens. We will try to establish a rhythm and practice of prayer that can last after Lent is over.
Learn more about how we chant Liturgy of the Hours on our Encounter.Community's web site. This Lent we will try to audio stream live, Mon-Fr daily 7:30 - 7:50 am EST during Lent, so you can join us. Do not expect angelic voices, just average people chanting Morning Prayer. :-) We use Mundelein Psalter because we found that this is the easiest resource for learning simple chant by all people. You can pray with us using LOTH 4 vol., Christian Prayer or apps: divineoffice.org and iBreviary.
We will find a way to fast so we can mourn our sins, carry the cross and enter into freedom. As a spiritual discipline, fasting's goal is to reorient our attention, time and resources to the things that matter in the Kingdom of God. Fasting during Lent should provide enough food to satisfy the hunger and sustain the body for the glory of God. Therefore, fasting will look different for everyone.
You may try to follow Trappist tradition which allows whole grain bread, seasonal vegetables and fruits plus fish on feasts and Sundays. If you chose Carthusian tradition, you may add dairy. Benedictine tradition allows poultry and meat in moderation. All fast on bread and water on Fridays. Other days, they eat once or twice a day, depending on the season of the year. (Consult your doctor if you suffer from any chronic condition before fasting for a prolonged time)
If you would like to participate in contemplative/charismatic reading and fasting in the tradition of Trappists/Carthusian monks, please join our Fb Group. Daily proposed readings (Thomas Merton, St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Benedict), sharing and support are our aim. We will splash it with few recipes for Polish soups :-). No special books or food are required. Everybody discerns their own involvement and depth of participation.