Prayer Resources

The Spiritual Exercises of St Francis Borgia

Ignatius was not the only Jesuit who wrote spiritual exercises.

The Secret, Revealed

What is this “secret” St Paul says God has revealed to all peoples? Tapping into it can be by way of Ignatian spirituality.

Playback Theatre

Playback theatre is an innovative form of non-comedic improv that can be used for healing, compassion, and community.

"Doing" for a Cause

You know those walks or runs for a cause like the Walk for Hunger or the breast cancer walk? Can’t we just ask for money? Why walk?

Who Am I? – A New Meditation

A new audio meditation, uncovering our True Self in God.

Giving up Catholicism for Lent?

Last Lent you may have seen Stephen Colbert's bit on Ash Wednesday (see the video at the bottom). The broadcast opens on Colbert with ashes on his forehead. "The ash on my forehead is a Christian symbol of sacrifice, penance, and mortality," he began. "It's basically...

What Do You Expect of Prayer?

Perseverance and indifference in prayer may seem in conflict, but prayer is an expression of desire followed by a trust in God.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

On this Good Friday, we recall Jesus’ words, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” from Psalm 22, which foretells Christ’s crucifixion. The Bible just has this one line, but chances are Jesus may have been reciting the entire psalm on the cross.

The Prayer of "Yay!"

There’s a music minister at my church who loves to say “Yay!” after singing. Something as simple as a proclamation of “yay” not only reminds us that joys can be found in our life, but it reminds us that expression to God can be as simple as one word.

Repetition

Repetition in prayer is very Ignatian, so why not for a real lived experience? Going back to a place or situation may reveal something deeper.

Prayer is an invitation from God, inviting us into relationship with God. It gives us a chance to take part in the story of creation, have an effect on the world, be involved in its God-story, and most importantly, reflect on how we contribute. These resources hope to reveal the infinite facets of prayer, the many ways we reach God, and how God reaches into our lives: in love, with words, in silence, seeking our desires, at different times, in different places.

Textual Prayer

JesuitPrayer.org (prayer with the daily readings)

Sacred Space (guided prayer with daily scripture, from the Irish Jesuits)

Jesuit Prayer Index (from Xavier University)

Give Us This Day (monthly publication with prayers and Mass readings)

How to Practice Lectio Divina (prayer with scripture)

Your Own Spiritual Exercises (a prayer practice using a journal)

Reimagining the Examen

Audio Prayer

Audio Meditations and Examens from Ignatian Resources / God In All Things

Pray-As-You-Go (from the British Jesuits)

Daily Disconnect (from the Carmelites)

Insight Timer

Ritual app

Apps

These can be found in the iOS and Android app stores. The links below will take you to the iOS App Store.

Pray-As-You-Go (from the British Jesuits)

Insight Timer

Ritual app

Reimagining the Examen

3-Minute Retreat

JesuitPrayer.org (prayer with the daily readings)

Sacred Space (guided prayer with daily scripture, from the Irish Jesuits)

Helps for Prayer

Building a Prayer Habit

Helps for Prayer (large list of helpful prayer resources and explanations from John Veltri, SJ)