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A Lenten Season for Discovering Prayer and the Bahai’ 19 Days of Fasting
February 23, 2023
We explore the benefits of prayer, fasting, sacrifice, and reflection with best-selling author and Father James Martin, Professor Martin Oliver, and the Ewing-Boyd family.
Learning to Pray by Father James Martin, S. J.
Father James Martin on Talking to God (encore) February 23, 2023
In his 2021 book, “Learning to Pray,” Jesuit priest and bestselling author Father James Martin charts an approach to prayer that is not just for Catholics, or even for Christians, but is for everyone. He describes the solace prayer can bring in tough times and acknowledges that prayer, like anything, takes commitment, practice, and perseverance.

The Rev. James Martin, S.J., Jesuit priest, author, and editor at large at America magazine.
Hands holding an offering bowl. Image by Kahlil Broderick via flickr used under a Creative Commons By Attribution license.
Family, Reflection and Slowing Down (encore) February 23, 2023

Martyn Oliver, says fasting most likely predates organized religion. And we explore how individuals and communities are embracing the ancient ritual of abstaining from food, water, intimacy, and comfort as a response to modern life.

Then, the 19-Day Fast in the Bahá’í tradition begins at sundown on March 1, 2023.  The fast marks the last month of the Bahá’í calendar before the new year. It involves abstaining from food or drink from sunrise to sunset. The multigenerational Ewing-Boyd family of Washington DC invites host, Ambereen Khan, to join a breaking of the fast and share how they do their best to use this time of fasting as an opportunity to slow down, gain discipline, and reconnect with each other.

Martyn Oliver, Ph.D. Faculty Chair of the Department of Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

Our theme Breath Deep is copyright MC Yogi.

The songs River Flute and Midsummer Sky
by Incompetech/Kevin MacLeod, J. C. Bach's Lamento performed by Collogium 1704,
and Henry Purcell Didos Lament, performed by Zeynep Öykü all used under a
Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

This week's closing music, New Hope, by Audiobinger,
used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

Additional music by Blue Dot Session.