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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Don't give up this Lent - pray as you go instead!
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¬†As the revolutionary daily prayer initiative from the British Jesuits ≠ pray-as-you-go ≠ nears its first anniversary tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, commuters are being urged to use the opportunity of Lent to refresh their prayer lives. Over the past year, 1.4 million prayer sessions have been downloaded from the pray-as-you-go web site, providing a chance for people all over the world to spend 10 minutes in quiet reflection on their way to or from work, or wherever they manage to withdraw briefly from the noise and pressure of their daily lives. Peter Scally SJ, the Director of Jesuit Media Initiatives and the Jesuit behind pray-as-you-go, says that if people want to do something special this Lent, pray-as-you-go might be just what they need. "Traditionally, people used to give up something for Lent as a sign of penance, in preparation for Holy Week and Easter," he says. "But in recent years, doing something positive has been considered an alternative activity for Lent. We launched pray-as-you-go on Ash Wednesday last year ≠ the first day of Lent ≠ and it immediately attracted people from all over the world who started using it as a way to inject a few minutes' contemplation and prayer, with Bible readings and music, in a non-preachy format, into their busy lives. We very much hope that Lent will be an opportunity for many others to do the same this year." To find out more about pray-as-you-go, visit www.pray-as-you-go.org
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