Lenten Reflections: The Bookends of Sleep

Often I reference John Veltri’s work Orientations. My very first spiritual director shared the book with me over thirty years ago. I long ago misplaced my copy, and so was glad to find it online.

One piece I have struggled with this Lent is the attempt to end and begin my day with a more mindful recollection. Check Fr Veltri’s notes on “recollection” here.

At bedtime briefly recall the subject, grace desired, and perspective of the prayer exercise for the following day. Ask God’s help and blessings.

As soon as one wakes, do not let your thoughts roam at random, but once again recall the direction of the whole day’s prayer and ask for God’s continual help. Keep yourself in this recollected mood while dressing.

We are cautioned later in this text that this is difficult in ordinary life. But I thought Lent would provide a good focus, either my seasonal resolution or my personal word for these days, mercy. Sometimes I find I’ve forgotten until I get into the shower. One of our pets has gotten rather insistent that his feeding schedule comply with his personal wishes.

Back to it, tonight And tomorrow, I hope before I run the water. Meanwhile, anybody care to share any Lent practices with one’s prayer and/or one’s sleep?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Lenten Reflections: The Bookends of Sleep

  1. Melody says:

    For nighttime prayer, Compline from the Liturgy of the Hours is peaceful and comforting, particularly the antiphon and Nunc Dimittis: “Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep rest in his peace.”
    “Now you let your servant go in peace, your word has been fulfilled,
    My own eyes have seen the salvation, brought forth in the sight of every people,
    A light to reveal you to the nations, and the glory of your people, Israel.” Luke 2:29-32

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