Meditation and Prayer

Prayer is a huge part of the Catholic church. There are a ton of prayer practices that are recognized by the Church such asking a saint to intercede, praying a rosary, saying a novena, etc. The entire liturgical celebration is in itself a prayer. But what exactly does it mean to pray? The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says, “Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole man who prays. But in naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times)” (CCC 2562). A key word I would like to focus on is "gestures." We can make our whole life a prayer to God. In a similar way we are not

Namaste: See God in Others

"Namaste" can be interpreted in a multitude of ways: "the [light, spirit, soul, divine] in me honors the [light, spirit, soul, divine] in you." A few concepts to take from this is gratitude and recognition. When reciting this word, the person is acknowledging their gratitude for the created universe. If an individual believes that God is the creator of the universe, then Namaste can be a prayer of thanksgiving, which is the fourth type of prayer mentioned in the Catechism. Recognition means that the speaker is recognizing the soul, spirit, or light in the other person. In the gospel of Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus explains that in order to serve him, a Christian must serve their neighbor. Jesus c

Om v. Amen

No need to be afraid of the sound of Om! "Om" is actually a recent translation of the spelling of the sacred sound in yoga. This was actually derived from the visual of the symbol. Om is originated from "Aum" which means sacred sound, or utterance, of the universe. When chanting Om, the sounds should be made in succession of "ah" "ou" "m" spelling out aum. Om and Aum are different variations of the same word. Similarly to the spelling of "color" and "colour." "Amen" is a huge part of the Catholic faith as well as other Christian faiths. The root of Amen is from Hebrew and later translated to Greek. In Hebrew, it means "so be it." Amen is used to conclude each Catholic prayer, and many of the