Prayer Resources

Teach Us To Pray

Laura prays the Our Father in new words, in her own words.

The Extended Examen

Alexander introduces a version of the Examen for extended periods of time and times of transition.

Mindful Eating

The other day I saw a tease on the front page of the New York Times that pointed to an article about the Buddhist practice of mindful eating, paying attention to each bite you take, meditating on its texture, relishing it, and considering how it got to your table....

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.

Dreams & Imagination

Two of Disney’s cornerstones are dreams and imagination. What do they have to do with the spiritual life?

An Ignatian Reflection on Palm Sunday

Every year we celebrate Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter. It celebrates Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, the crowds buzzing with excitement. All four gospels have a Palm Sunday account. On my 30-day retreat as a Jesuit I prayed with two of them from...

Being Christian: A Christian Disposition

How do we go about having a Christian disposition? The Enneagram is a helpful tool in becoming our best selves in God.

It's a chalice, not a glass

The other day I was driving with a friend on the Mass Pike in Boston and she pointed out a Stella Artois billboard that read, "It's a chalice, not a glass." There must have been a Catholic on their marketing team, she said. My friend was referring to the recent change...

If It Doesn’t Work, Don’t Use It

Don’t get caught up with one prayer method or another. Use what works for you and don’t use what doesn’t.

Liturgy & The Spiritual Exercises

Italian-born priest Fr Romano Guardini felt the Spiritual Exercises had an anti-liturgical bias. Indeed, Jesuits have been seen as anti-liturgical, or at least careless about the liturgy. In truth, the treasury of the Society of Jesus holds the liturgy with great...

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)