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Pierce Brosnan and Prayer

I seldom associate film-stars with prayer or religion. Being judgemental? I suppose so. However I understand that is not true of Pierce Brosnan. He himself says that one thing imparted to him in school that has stayed with him to this day is his Catholic faith. He credits the power of prayer with guiding him through life’s ups and downs.

"Prayer helped me with the loss of my wife to cancer and with a child who had fallen on tough times. Now prayer helps me to be a father, to be an actor and to be a man. It always helps to have a bit of prayer in your back pocket. At the end of the day, you have to have something and for me that is God, Jesus, my Catholic upbringing, my faith.”

As an aside: Pierce Brosnan is a cousin of mine. His grandmother and my mother were sisters.

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i always enjoy his acting
(and he'd not bad to look at either)

prayer is important!
all "religious systems" have it
a daily practice is encouraged
those who practice it
know the benefits
they see it in their lives

many paths but so much in common
I try different forms - Silent (as in Keating), Lectio Divina, Vespers, etc. The only form I cannot take to is perhaps the most common form in Ireland - the Rosary!
how very very interesting!!
i share this with you because we are of an age and background
i have just come from my "office"
for years as a lay person i said Lauds and Vespers
when my path changed i still needed that framework
so i created my own "office"
using some traditional material and a lot of my own composition
more than the words i need that time and space
it opens things for me

about the rosary
in those days i felt so superior to it
(i was very young)
and my mother was never without her rosary
but now i wonder
about the calming effect of repeated words
about the sound rather than the meaning
we are creatures of the senses
what is repeated sound supposed to do?
where does it put us physically and mentally
what does it open us to?
Thomas Keating's Centering Prayer (he died only last Oct.) as you are no doubt aware, is based on such repeated sound - 'Mar-an-a-ta'

Edited at 2018-11-27 17:18 (UTC)
which is a kin to what my friends were doing back in the 60's
transcendental meditation
as i dimly remember there was a ceremony and they were given their personal mantra
then they were to sit for i don't remember how long
each day and repeat it

(and no, i didn't)

there is some similar word usage in Goddess
to repeat the names over and over
Isis Astarte Diana
Hecate Demeter Kali
Inana
it is not the images of the specific goddesses
but the rhythm of their names
concentrate on the sound and rhythm
That's fascinating. He is one of my favourite actors.