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Catholics who pray the rosary can kick their devotion up a notch with SoulCore, a contemporary workout that combines physical exercise with the prayers of the rosary.

Feb 16, 2017

Catholics who pray the rosary can kick their devotion up a notch with SoulCore, a contemporary workout that combines physical exercise with the prayers of the rosary.

Pushups done during the Our Father, stretches for the Glory Be and Pilates-based movements during the Hail Marys allow participants to engage "body and soul in prayer while fully orienting the heart and mind toward Christ," says the fitness program's website.

Founders Colleen Scariano and Deanne Miller see SoulCore as a response to the Catechism of the Catholic's Church's call to "pray with our whole being to give all power possible to our supplication" (No. 2703).

Scariano and Miller train leaders who take the program back to their parishes and communities, but the website features a shop where anyone can purchase the DVD workouts.

Participants remarked that they came to a deeper understanding of the rosary, as the exercise begins the mysteries with a Scripture verse and reflection.

This isn't yoga, but rather "a 'Yes' to an inspiration of the Holy Spirit," according to SoulCore's website.

The website gives a nod to St. Ignatius, who said, "Remember that bodily exercise, when it is well ordered … is also a prayer by means of which you can please God."

 

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