Take Time for Daily Prayer
How about a 3-Minute Retreat?
Loyola Press’s highly popular 3-Minute Retreat is available via newsletter and app for the iPhone® and iPod touch® and the iPad. Each day, a new retreat features soothing music, Scripture verses, and reflective thoughts and questions. Meaningful time with God is always just a touch away.
Daily Meditation & Reflection from Henri Nouwen
Drawn from a wide range of Henri Nouwen’s writing, these short meditations inspire and guide people's mind and heart. Each reflection takes less than a minute to read and yet can set the tone for the day. It is sent via email in the early morning.
are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel delivered directly to your e-mail box. By Sunday, you'll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience.
The Divine Office App is an opportunity for you to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community. Also available are three Lite apps: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer.
ordinarily follows the scripture sequence of the Revised Common Lectionary. Longer reflections on the daily scripture readings are presented for Sundays, weekdays and many saints are presented daily. Make a 'Sacred Space' a daily practice, spend ten minutes, praying here and now, at a computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day. (multiple languages)
Each Daily Reflection includes a quote from an Upper Room book or magazine, scripture reading, and a meditation time with prayer. Sign-up at the website to received Daily Reflections.
Maybe you’re not the memorized prayer type of person, nor do you like to be confined to a scripture reading or a devotional book. Not to worry, there are many ways to pray and this one only takes your presence and attention. For those who have plenty of excuses for not praying but genuinely want to know God’s presence, contemplative prayer may be something to try.
Prayer is a very personal experience of being with God. Each person finds different meaningful ways to pray. Centering Prayer is a style of meditative prayer that many people find significant while others find the long silence boring. The only way you’ll find out if it helps you connect with your deepest spiritual yearnings is to try it.
The Psalms are wonderful prayers that can be used to communicate to God our desires, and for God to communicate in return. Using the guidance of voice, relax your body and mind and open your soul in prayer.
Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits, devised an “examination of consciousness”—a prayerful review of the day intended to help people recognize where they were finding, or needing to find, God in their lives. Other6 takes the essence of this centuries-old practice of the Examen and adapts it for today’s Internet-driven world by posing two questions: Where have you found God today? and Where do you need to find God today?
Take a Course or Make a Retreat with a Spiritual Master: Creating a Monastery of the Heart
This retreat is designed as a one-month online retreat during which Sister Joan Chittister introduces the key elements of Benedictine spirituality — prayer, silence, work, co-creation, hospitality, community, good zeal, sharing, listening heart, and humility — through excerpts from her writings, audio lessons, and recordings of two teleconferences. Participants are encouraged to create their own Monastery of the Heart by working with with journal prompts, creative project suggestions, and simple practices.
Course: Practicing Spirituality with Joyce Rupp
Joyce Rupp describes herself as a spiritual "midwife," a title that perfectly conveys the nurturing she does in her writing and teaching. She encourages us to bring our spirituality into the light of our everyday lives. Her books, workshops, and presentations always contain concrete spiritual practices, lively anecdotes, inspiring poetry, thoughtful journal exercises, guided meditations, and unique prayers. She has a gift for reading her own experiences and finding hints of God's presence in her daily activities.
This e-course will be as diverse and eclectic as Joyce Rupp's writings. Themes will include pulling through life's losses and sorrows, letting go, using ordinary objects as spiritual catalysts, ways to soften our hearts, sharing God's promises, signs of hope, methods of praying, pilgrimage, the meanings of the four seasons, mystical connections, the ties that bind us to earth and the cosmos, sacred teachings about Sophia, paths to spiritual growth, and much more.
July 22, 2017
“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evil doers.” — Proverbs 21:15
Pray for the team in Kenya as the trial for the murder of Willie, Joseph and Josephat continued this week with hearings scheduled through the end of July. Pray for peace of mind and calm for all witnesses, and safety for everyone involved in the case.
Join us in celebrating a successful rescue operation in the Dominican Republic that freed three girls from trafficking! Dominican authorities mobilized with the IJM team to find these girls in a town outside of Santo Domingo, and to arrest the owner of a bar and his wife where we believe these girls were exploited. Please join us in praying for the rescued survivors as they begin to receive aftercare services and embark on the long road to healing.
Please continue to pray for God’s favor over a large anti-trafficking conference our teams are hosting next week. IJM helped plan this major event with the state government, and it will be a critical time to build relationships, share ideas about fighting trafficking and encourage stronger law enforcement to protect the poor. We’ve never done something like this before. Please pray for all the logistics and details that go into an event like this, and pray for great energy and connection for our team as they lead in this way.
Praise God for a successful rescue operation in the Philippines! Four victims were rescued from cybersex trafficking and are now safe. The suspected perpetrators are the children’s mother and male partner. Please pray for the young survivors to experience a healthy transition to a life of freedom, and please pray for justice in the case going forward. An IJM staff member said, “I thank God for all of you interceding in prayer for this rescue. Thank you for being salt and light amidst the darkness.”
IJM HQ & Global Partners
IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.
Please join us in lifting up the prayer gatherings happening in communities across the U.S. — including Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis — over the next several weeks. Join us in praising God for the volunteers who are leading these gatherings, and please pray that the events would rally more and more people to step into the fight against slavery through prayer.
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is a monastic community of The Episcopal Church & The Anglican Church of Canada. Their site is a treasure trove of spiritual "tips 'n hints" .
How can I find God when I can barely keep track of my keys?
How will I make time for a spiritual life when my schedule is overflowing?
Growing in the Life of Prayer & Spiritual Practices
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