I realise that I have written very little about myself recently.
There isn`t much to report !
When walking home from school, I say as much of the Orthodox morning prayers as I know by heart. I continue to try to recite the Benedctine Daily Office in part at least, most days. If I can manage to say Lauds and Vespers, I am pleased. When I have more time, I add a midday office and compline.
Weekends everything tends to go pear-shaped,but I am now making strenuous attemts to remember/motivate myself to say Lauds and Vespers, come what may.
The key is undoubtedly self-discipline / motivation.
It is just so easy to conveniently "feel too tired" to recite Vespers, yet I miraculously find the energy to stay up to watch "House MD" or "the Convent" !
It is precisely when I feel too busy or stressed or anxious or tired to pray that I most need to do so, in order to keep a spiritual anchor for my life as well as to sanctify my day by engaging with God in prayer at various times.
I am loving using the Psalms in prayer! I have also bought a copy of Maureen Girard`s "Orthodox Prayers for Everyday", which gives the lay fixed texts of the daily Hours, plus morning and evening prayer and preparation for Communion prayers in one handy and slim little volume.I use this some days as well as the Benedictine prayers.
Each time I read St Benedict`s Rule, I am struck by how sane and wise his advice is, even now. The eternal Truths never change, though, do they?