Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Devotions of the Catholic Variety

As the lovely Jordana tagged me in the latest chain post to hit the Catholic blogosphere. I decided I should actually respond to it. And it was a good thing to do as it made examine what devotions I really had as a Catholic Christian. I came up with three that I try to do regularly and two that I wish I did more. I am not sure they all are considered devotions but they are definitely things that I identify as Catholic that I wouldn't have done pre-conversion. So here they are.

1. First, a simple one with which to start. Nursing with Ben started out a little bit difficult, as I didn't know what I was doing and he was new to the world.  So we had to calm each other down in some way. What became the calming way was to say Hail Marys.  And not that this happens with every nursing session, but more times than not I need it more to calm me down throughout my day.  Praying to her helps me, whether it be to calm me, or to connect more with my son.  And for that I am thankful. 

2. The next is to read the daily mass readings While I would like to say this is a daily thing, it is more sporadic than I'd like it to be.  But I bring with me in being a convert my protestant love for scripture, and this makes me want to read more of God's word instead of relying on someone to tell me it. 

3. And the latest devotion that was added into my life was the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. My husband and I started praying this together in the evenings sometimes with Ben, though he just sits and plays with the Rosary beads in my hands.  It helps us to incorporate our petitions that others have given us and pray for those things on our minds as well.  And as a convert again, this prayer comes easier than the Rosary to me, as I was brought up in the Jesus only kind of world.

And to those devotions that I wish I did more. The first is adoration.  I love adoration, and that time before God and to just speak to him freely without distraction, but whatever it may be I don't get to do it nearly enough. The other is a firm devotion to a Saint. Even though I have a confirmation Saint (Anne Line).  I don't pray to her or to another regularly.  Though Saint Gianna Molla comes to mind more than others these days. 

And last to tag some folks to keep the blog chain going. First, new to the Catholic blogging world my friend  Dan, and then my faithful blog follower Andrea, and last my husband Keith to see if he will update his blog after a year of letting it just sit there.


  1. Since Blogger is being odd about this particular post. The link to my husbands blog is the following: http://ahereticfororthodoxy.wordpress.com/

  2. I need to try the Divine Mercy Chaplet again. I think I've only ever prayed it once.