The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents
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
April 21, 2018
“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” — Leviticus 19:15
Pray for our teams in Ghana, for their safety as they travel extensively for work. Many of the communities our teams serve are quite remote, and long days on the road (or in boats) take their toll. Whether investigations teams working with police to identify trafficked children, aftercare staff visiting clients and conducting trainings or church mobilizers building relationships with churches across the country, our staff need your prayers for endurance and traveling mercies.
Please join our Dominican Republic team in prayer for a survivor of sex trafficking who is in need of a place to live. Her home is not safe and she has not been doing well in the government shelter. Adequate shelters for survivors of sex trafficking are very difficult to find. Ask God for wisdom for our team as they reach out to partners and try to find suitable options for her. Pray that we would be able to quickly find her a safe home where she will have opportunities to thrive. Also pray for peace in her heart in the midst of the transition — major transitions like this can have a big impact on a survivor’s restoration process.
Ask for God’s hand of protection over our teams going out on rescue operations to free families trapped in labor slavery. With your help, we have made so much progress rescuing families from brick kilns, rice mills and other abusive businesses over the last 20 years — but we still run into new obstacles and dangers every day. Recently, we have seen many slave owners react with violence toward our team and local officials, especially as we move into new areas where these powerful criminals have been unchallenged for a long time. Pray that no harm would come to our staff or partners as they go into these difficult places seeking freedom.
Pray for boys and girls who are suffering in secret right now in the Philippines. Many victims of cybersex trafficking are being exploited by relatives or neighbors, and building cases takes time and patience. Pray that IJM’s teams in Cebu and Manila would have discernment and favor as they develop cases and work with local law enforcement to locate these children.
IJM HQ & Global Partners: IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.
Please pray for a Director of Data Science to join our team. IJM is seeking a person to serve as a key player on a new justice data science team to guide investment in and management of its global programming portfolio. This position will lead a team in analyzing and converting data into actionable insights that will further IJM’s mission.
Please continue to pray for The New Activist Podcast in partnership with the RELEVANT Podcast Network. A new season recently launched, featuring conversations with leaders tackling some of the world’s biggest humanitarian issues. Pray that the podcast would rally people across the globe to step into the fight against slavery and injustice in their day-to-day lives.
Take Time for Daily Prayer
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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.
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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?
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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.