How to Pray Always — Without a Breviary

Last week I wrote about how I never go more than three hours without prayer.  For me, the key to that is to pray all seven hours of the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours.

But that involves the use of a Breviary, or other prayer books or prayer apps.  And many people find that to be a challenge.

Back in the 1930s, when St. Josemaria Escriva was developing the spirituality of Opus Dei, it was almost impossible for lay people to prayer LOTH.  So he developed an alternative, but the alternative pretty much keeps to the idea of ritual and routine.  We’ll talk about that next week.

But for this week, let’s talk about how a person who uses Magnificat can do essentially the same thing.  Each issue includes Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer, along with several meditations, and Daily Mass.

So if I was to use Magnificat, this would be my schedule:

  • When I wake up, say a Morning Offering, a sort prayer offering my day to God.
  • After making coffee — before or after breakfast — Morning Prayer
  • After dinner and the evening news, Evening Prayer.
  • Before going to bed, Night Prayer.

But what, you might say, about the daytime hours?  Traditionally, Catholics would say the Angelus at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.  You could also pray the Rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy before, during or immediately after the work day.

So, as you can see, it’s possible to “pray constantly” without praying the Divine Office or using a breviary.

Next week:  Opus Dei’s Norms of Piety

About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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