A while back Dom posted on his blog about his “Father’s Liturgy of the Hours.”
Father told an anecdote in his homily about a friend of his who set his cell phone to beep on the hour every day to remind him to pray for his wife and kids, wherever he happened to be.
I like that idea. I would like to be able to pray the Liturgy of the Hours every day, marking each of the hours of the day with readings and prayers, like religious and priests do. Unfortunately, there just isn�t the time for it. I�m often in meetings or deep in a project and by the time the end of the day rolls around I can�t believe 8 hours has passed.
I thought it was a great idea at the time and was so touched by this ingenious method which my tech-geek husband had found to keep us in his prayers all day. But I was already doing my own thing and had no thought of joining him in this practice.
But recently I’ve been trying to find ways of being more intentional as I go about my day. And ways of keeping in mind all the prayer intentions that come my way so that I actually remember to pray for them. Add to that the tension of being better at praying for strangers than for my nearest and dearest. So I’ve got a new plan—and it’s very new so I’m not promising that it will work especially well—to set up reminders on my phone to pray for one member of my immediate family at the top of each hour. And reminders for my other intentions at the quarter hours.
Think of it, if I just schedule every quarter for twelve waking hours, that’s almost 50 intentions I can remember in the course of a day! And if I miss the alarm the reminder will still be there and I can double up on the ones I’ve missed. Still better than forgetting them altogether.
We’ll see how it works.
How do you keep track of your prayer intentions and how do you remember to pray throughout the day?