Welcome to Friday Favorites, a round-up of great links on the web brought to you by The Contemplative Writer team — Prasanta Verma and myself.
This week, our posts begin with reflection and prayer, move to a consideration of our spiritual habits as we navigate the world of social media, and end with some writing tips. It’s been a while since we featured some really practical posts on writing, and we wanted to be sure to do that this time around. Even in the midst of a pandemic, many of us still struggle to find the time and the resources to get good writing done.
We hope you enjoy this week’s posts. Be blessed.
Praying for 100,000 via Summer Kinard (“It would take years to sing enough for one hundred thousand people”)
An Examen of the Senses via Carl McColman (a beautiful exercise based on Ignatius of Loyola’s prayer practice)
Lamentation Over Individualism via Rohadi Nagassar (lamenting, waiting, hoping, and praying together)
What Am I Actually Looking for on Social Media? via Ed Cyzewski (forming good habits and finding freedom from the relentless draw of social media)
Improve Your Writing by Getting Back to the Basics via Ann Kroeker (building the four fundamental elements of any project into your process)
Ten Questions to Ask To Find Extra Time To Write via Katharine Grubb (a super-practical list of questions to help yourself dig out some extra time to write)
Hello and welcome to Friday Favorites! This week, the links that Prasanta Verma and I chose take us from prayer and reflection through silence, a bit of church history, and the redeeming power of art. A few of these are on the long side, longer than what we usually share — one is a full-length film! But they’re worth a deep dive to bring some beauty, wonder, and joy to your day.
Enjoy, and be blessed.
Praying: An Invitation to Silence via Andō (Andō shares a meditative poem from Mary Oliver)
In Pursuit of Silence via Patrick Shen (this film on silence is screening free during this pandemic time — so restorative for the soul)
Reading Hope in Trying Times, with Parker Palmer via Writing For Your Life (Parker Palmer shares about the lessons of depression and hope)
Permission to Ponder via Chris Alford and Tracy Balzer (Balzer encourages us with the beauty of creation as seen through the lens of Celtic Christianity)
The Nuns Who Wrote Poems via Nick Ripatrazone (get a taste of some divine poetry from literary nuns)
The Soul in Paraphrase via Joy Clarkson and Matthew Rothaus Moser (in this podcast episode, Moser explores transforming love in the poetry of Dante, a wonderful guide for our pilgrimage through life)
Happy Friday, friends! Prasanta Verma and I hope you enjoy this week’s round-up of favorite links. You’ll find reflections on life during the pandemic and some articles/resources about important spiritual practices – daily prayer, spiritual mentoring, and letter writing. Enjoy, and be blessed.
Daily Prayers for Uncertain Times via Richella Parham (a prayer guide for you to download)
Breaking via Nichole Woo (when things break all over again)
Pandemic Journal: An Entry on Cutting Your Son’s Hair (and the Lilac Bush) via Laura Boggess (gifts during this pandemic season)
We Must Cure the Global Pandemic of Loneliness via Andrew Vanderput (the pandemic helps us realize anew that we need our neighbors and they need us)
Help Wanted: Imperfect Mentors Only via Michelle Van Loon (wisdom about the practice of spiritual mentoring)
Letter Writing Isn’t a Lost Art in Egypt. It’s an Ancient Ministry via Phoebe Farag Mikhail and Bishoy Lamie Mikhai (letters re a physical connection in times of discouragement, loneliness, and grief)
Friday Favorites is back after a break of several weeks. We hope you are keeping well and sane. This week, Prasanta Verma and I have some beautiful posts, podcasts, and videos for you. They include thoughts on navigating the pandemic in our spiritual and writing lives, suffering and the church, and the ancient spiritual practice of remembering our death. We hope these words bless you this week. Be well!
Ask A Spiritual Director via Kimberly Pelletier and Samuel Ogles (Pandemic Series Part 2: How do I deal with people who think differently than me about this pandemic?)
Reading Hope in Trying Times with Barbara Brown Taylor via Writing for Your Life (thoughts on the pandemic, online experiences, and books)
Memento Mori: Memento Vivere via Raymond (Randy) Blacketer (remembering our death so that we can remember to live)
The Tender Way via Marlena Graves (God doesn’t cause our suffering, but uses it to change us)
Can the Church View Disabled Bodies as Jesus’ Body? via Amy Kenny (it’s time for the church to start treating people with disabilities as full members of the body of Christ)
Writing the Pandemic: Your Morning Walk with Sophfronia, May 1, 2020 via Sophfronia Scott (taking small steps in our writing lives during this time)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! This week, Prasanta Verma and I are featuring five readings for Good Friday. May God bless you as you mark this day and journey to the resurrection.
Good Friday: the first 12 Stations of the Cross via Malcolm Guite (a guided experience of the stations)
When It’s Holy Week and You Don’t Feel Holy via Leslie Leyland Fields (why it’s going to be enough, no matter how you feel)
Finding Sacred Space in the Upper Room via Catherine McNeil (how do we do Holy Week in a locked room?)
Lamentation: The Weight of Grief via Shemaiah Gonzalez (experiencing the grief of Good Friday through a startling work of art)
Cloister; A Poem via Ana Lisa de Jong (for our times)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! As we continue seeking hope and courage in the middle of a pandemic, Prasanta Verma and I bring you a round-up of posts and podcasts to help you on this journey. Enjoy liturgy, words of faith, writing encouragement, homeschooling tips, and more.
Blessings to you . . . and keep the faith.
A Liturgy During a Pandemic via Porter C. Taylor (a meaningful liturgy for groups or individuals)
Giving Up via Taryn R. Hutchison (When Lent started, Taryn knew what she wanted to give up. What she actually gave up was something altogether different; something more. You gave it up, too.)
How to Fight an Unseen Enemy via Shelly Wildman (what do we need to remember about God in these times?)
Stand Against Anti-Asian Racism in The Time of COVID-19 via Tasha Jun (every human being is made in the Imago Dei and is worthy of being treated as such; an invitation to take a stand)
Civic Housekeeping + Dietrich Bonhoeffer with Laura Fabrycky via Ashley Hales (now more than ever, we need the lessons Fabrycky brings us from Bonhoeffer’s life)
Poet Laura: Keeping Your Distance with Emily Dickinson via Tania Runyan (finding depth even in distance)
The Myth of Perfect Writing Locations via Erica Wright (do writers really need a “room of their own?”)
Tips for Homeschooling in a Pandemic…and Beyond via Ingrid Lochamire (tips for those who are suddenly faced with homeschooling)
If you’re like me, you may not be sure what day it is . . . most weekdays look alike right now. But I think it’s Friday, so…welcome to Friday Favorites!
Today, Prasanta Verma and I bring you words of hope for what Marlena Graves, in her article linked below, calls a “heavy season.” As Christians, we believe that, despite the weight of everything pressing down on us right now, there is still reason to hope . . . and to pray, believe, travel (vicariously), and write.
Read on, and keep the faith.
20 Prayers to Pray During This Pandemic via Jen Pollock Michel (prayers that address specific needs for communities and situations)
C. S. Lewis on Times of Fear, And A Much Needed Psalm via Chase Replogle (words of encouragement from a well-known author and Scripture)
Holding Space via Aaron J. Smith (sometimes, we need to believe for each other)
A Saving Practice Amid a Heavy Lenten Season via Marlena Graves (a reorienting practice for a heavy time)
Writing During a Pandemic via Leslie Verner (what can you do to keep writing now that home life, work live, and schedules have changed?)
30 National Parks Virtual Tours via Jill Mills (explore the country’s amazing parks without having to travel)
Welcome to Friday Favorites, our round-up of great links from across the web.
This week, Prasanta Verma and I are bringing you posts that give us hope and resources for the difficult time we’re in — how to pray, how to talk to your kids, what to read, what to see, how to write. Read . . . and keep your faith burning bright.
A Quarantine Litany via Phoebe Farag Mikhail (a beautiful prayer)
Pandemic via Lynn Ungar (a poem for this time)
Spiritual Rhythms for Quarantine via Justin Whitmel Earley (a host of practices, good habits, and resources to keep and restore the rhythms of life)
Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus via Shelly Wildman (gentle advice for talking to your children about fear and God’s love)
Six Books to Get You Through a Coronavirus Shutdown via Karen Swallow Prior (what to read with your extra time)
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch via Andrea Romano (travel vicariously and see some beauty while you’re stuck at home)
One Thing Writers Can Do in a Pandemic: Document the Days via Ann Kroeker (ways to witness with your words)
Welcome, friends, to Friday Favorites. The world seems a bit different this week, doesn’t it? There is fear and anxiety over the rapidly emerging public health crisis. There is disappointment as events are cancelled and loneliness creeps in. There is concern for the most vulnerable in our society.
This week, Prasanta Verma and I offer prayers and posts to help us in these troubled times. The first four links below concern the Coronavirus and our spiritual response to it. We also have a post on holding on to hope and a beautiful resource for Lent.
Keep prayer, hope, and beauty in your lives this week and always.
Love from Lisa and Prasanta
A Coronavirus Prayer via Kerry Weber (a prayer for this time)
Social Distancing with Jesus via Michelle Van Loon (finding comfort and courage in a time of concern)
The Spiritual Practice of Social Distancing via Charlotte Donlon (social distancing to protect the vulnerable among us)
The Surprising Gift of Cancelling Plans and Staying Home via Lesley Sebek Miller (with forced stillness and quarantines, we have the opportunity for quality time and creativity . . . what will you do with this gift?)
Are You Tending a Deep Hope? via April Yamasaki (when you’re tending a deep hope yet not seeing results)
The Lent Project via Biola University (daily Scripture reading, artwork, poem, and devotional–beautifully done)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! Each week, Prasanta Verma and I round up some of our favorite posts on prayer, writing, and the contemplative life. We hope they’ll be a source of hope and encouragement for you.
This week, our round-up includes posts on Lent, songs of lament, and the 500-year-old sounds of Hagia Sophia. Enjoy, and be blessed.
Psalms for Lent via Andrea Bridges (a simple devotional practice — reading the Psalms each day during Lent)
Lenten Chaos via Duane Arnold (Lent is a time of spiritual practices, but only God can create in us a new heart)
Sing the Wounds [reflections on lament, song, and hope] via Sarah J. Hauser (lamenting and singing in times of grief)
Disruptive Love via Catherine McNeil (may we disrupt the powers of the world through our compassion, generosity, and love)
Pathmaking, Forgetfulness, and the Recovery of Memory via Drew Miller (remember, anticipate, and live through treasured stories and songs)
Listen: The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago via NPR (listen to what a Christian choir might have sounded like inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in the 13th century)