Monday, August 05, 2013

Outsourced prayer

I subscribe to a service that will do the occasional task for me — or at least anything legal that can be done by someone with a phone, internet connection and common sense. It's great for scheduling and for tracking down odd bits of this and that. This morning they rolled out a beta test of a new service, which looks at my calendar and suggests which task they might be able to take off my hands. So I awoke to an email which offered to take "morning prayer" off my hands every day.

When I joked about this in the kitchen this morning, my sister-in-law No-No said, "but isn't that what the monks are for?" True enough, priests, deacons and religious offer the Liturgy of the Hours on behalf of the Church, so that we can rise to Paul's challenge in Thessalonians to "pray unceasingly."

For the record, I didn't take them up on the offer — though I wonder what they would have done if I'd send them the texts — or a link to the Virtual Abbey? It's legal.

1 comment:

  1. That is a fascinating concept - what about outsourcing the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Could be interesting. :)