January 13, 2013

Michelle Boorstein’s Jan. 9 Style article, “Answering the call,” was of interest to me as a lifelong Catholic. The article described the popularity of “kirtan,” which involves the devotional musical and repetitious chanting of Sanskrit phrases, and how this practice is attracting many to a religious experience.

As a “modern” Catholic, I relegated such traditional practices as the rosary, which repeats the same Hail Mary prayer 50 times, to the dustbin of my faith. I never understood all the repetition.

But reading Ms. Boorstein’s article gave me a new perspective on the spiritual value of rhythmic repetition and the understanding that my Catholic rosary is not so meaningless as I once believed.

Michael Hoyt, Silver Spring

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