How to Enter the New Year

If you’re reading this, you lived to see the new year. This is no small matter! Your life makes a difference in the universe, whether or not you embrace your God-given power. May this prayer accompany your initial steps into the future. God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly, thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact and our words carry power. […]

A Morning Offering

While on retreat this past summer, I spent a good deal of time praying for the grace of indifference and asking for the freedom to align my will more closely to God’s own will. Along the way, I read in Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits several versions of a Morning Offering, a prayer that offers one’s upcoming day to God. Inspired, I wrote my own version. Elements of it are based on Ignatius’s Suscipe; […]

Fall in Love Prayer Video

This brief video illustrates the prayer “Fall in Love,” attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Fall in Love.

May the God of Surprises Delight You

May the God of Surprises delight you, inviting you to accept gifts not yet imagined. May the God of Transformation call you, opening you to continual renewal. May the God of Justice confront you, daring you to see the world through God’s eyes. May the God of Abundance affirm you, nudging you towards deeper trust. May the God of Embrace hold you, encircling you in the hearth of God’s home. May the God of Hopefulness […]

Prayers for Teachers

With the new school year starting, we thank all teachers for their work on behalf of students of all ages. Today we highlight three prayers for educators. A Teacher’s Prayer for Generosity—Marc Fryer, SJ, wrote this prayer based on St. Ignatius’s Prayer for Generosity. Ignatian Educator’s Prayer—The Jesuit Secondary Education Association shares this prayer. Teacher Prayer Card—Loyola Press offers a downloadable prayer card for Catholic school teachers.

Why We Pray

A thoughtful poem by Philip Chircop, SJ: We pray today and every day not to change the mind of God but to change our mind that we may wake up and choose life over death blessing over curse We pray today and every day not to change the mind of God but that we may awake from our slumber and see, bidding farewell to our dangerous myopic visions dropping our blinders Go here for the […]

Best Ignatian Songs: Anima Christi

Here is a beautiful choral setting of the Anima Christi, the prayer that Ignatius placed at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises.  This is a translation of the Latin: Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds hide me. Do not allow me to be separated from […]

A Prayer for the Church

Are you troubled by division in the church?  Frustrated by the church you love?  Pray this prayer along with our friend Jim Martin SJ.  (Click here to watch it on YouTube.)

Summer Prayer

This prayer was published in my parish bulletin last Sunday. Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer […]

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