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Blog for Lent Presents 5 Minute Daily Devotions

2/24/2009 - 7:16 AM PST

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"Lenten Devotions for Busy People" presents 5 minute audio and video presentations

NORTH GRAFTON, MA (FEBRUARY 24, 2009) - As part of her prayer chapel blog, Catholic recording artist, author and blogger Susan Bailey has released "Lenten Devotions for Busy People," a blog containing a daily podcast, a weekly Friday video on the Stations of the Cross, music and reflections. The blog can be found at

What makes this blog different? The vast majority of devotions lasts no more than 5-7 minutes, making it a perfect place to pause for busy people. It also explores Lent from the Eastern Catholic perspective.

The idea for the blog came to Susan because of a little-known podcast she heard back in 2006. "I first discovered podcasting during Lent in 2006, and I found this wonderful podcast called "Theosis," hosted by Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R., a history professor at Franciscan University. This little 5 minute per day podcast transformed my Lent."

"Theosis" is based on the Eastern Church's tradition of Lent (known to them as Great Lent). The Eastern Catholic Church, which is in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, has 14 liturgical traditions (see for a complete list) including Melkite and Maronite. Susan was initially interested in "Theosis" because her husband is studying to be a deacon in the Melkite Church.

Pope John Paul II was keenly aware of the Eastern Church and its beautiful traditions and repeatedly challenged the Church as a whole to "breathe with both lungs," bringing together the West and the East. Fr. Beshoner does a wonderful job of explaining Eastern traditions for Western listeners.

"Lenten Devotions for Busy People" also includes a weekly 5 minute video on the Stations of the Cross, posted each Friday.

Music, other reflections and future surprises will be included.

For more information on the blog, visit You can listen to Fr. Seraphim Beshoner's other podcast, "Catholic: Under the Hood" at

Author, composer and performer Susan Bailey is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, along with her husband Rich and her two grown children, Stephen and Meredith. Rich is soon to be ordained as a deacon and he and Susan work in youth ministry and marriage preparation. Susan is also a member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA, acting as Secretary. She has been performing locally and regionally for fifteen years while ministering in song each Sunday at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Westborough. She has appeared on EWTN's "Backstage" and "His Love" with Marty Rotella on Catholic Familyland TV, and she performed on the 2005 and 2008 CatholicTV telethons. She was also a featured performer at World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. She has three other albums available: Teach Me to Love, Wait with Me: Advent of the Promised Son, and Mater Dei.

For more detailed information on Susan Bailey, please visit her website at For further information on her rosary project, visit

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  1. Steven Williams
    6 months ago

    I was looking for a Lenten devotion to include in my busy day that I could sign in to while on line at work as part of my Lent journey and looked to this site. As the sight opened a pop-up attacking a female entertainer who identifies as a lesbian came up on the website. To be sure i re-loaded the site and the same article did pop-up again. UGH! When did we as catholics become such judges and haters, so much so that a popular catholic website starts with this? When did such ugliness become our badges? Years before we were known/ our badges were for signs of holiness such as silence & "stillness before the Lord" , piety, a living communion of saints and rituals that touched our senses & prayers in an ancient language. I was encouraged by the remarks of the new Holy Father about where we would "start our converstions" in public life and discouraged by the course this web-site seems to take.

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