Praying with Our Bodies

Moira-Cecily Brady-Rogers
Founder and Executive Director, Alive and Well Women

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February 17, 2021

Lent is a season of contemplative practice for Christians around the world. It is a time to reflect on the sacredness of the body and gratitude for new life in Jesus’ gift of sacrificial love. In 2021, Lent began in the midst of a worldwide surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We have been forced to accept the awesome mystery and painful fragility of our bodies.  Through it all, we have been confronting an eternal question: What are we willing to do for our own well-being and that of others?

Additional Resources

Peter Brown, “The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity” New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1988.

Dan Siegel, “The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being.” New York, NY: W Norton and Company, 2007.

Mind-Body Science Topics and Interspirituality – see Dr. Joan Borysenko at

Barbara Fredrickson, “Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection.” New York, NY: Penquin Group, 2013.

David Tacey, “The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality.” Abingdon, United Kingdom: 2004.