A Prayer to Begin Summer

Praying Through the Summer

In June, July, and August, we’ll be “Praying Through the Summer” here at dotMagis. Each Monday we’ll explore different ways to pray inspired by the season, the warmer temperatures and, perhaps, vacation time. Today we start with a prayer.

A Prayer to Begin Summer

For more light in the day, we thank you,
For gentle mornings, we thank you,
For nighttime conversations, we thank you,
For friends and family, we thank you,
For gardens and all manner of creatures, we thank you.
Help us, Creator and lover of our souls.
Help us love this earth.
Help us dwell wholeheartedly in our lives this day.
Help us pray as we walk, work, play, rest, and create.

How can you have an Ignatian summer?

About Vinita Hampton Wright 110 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

6 Comments on A Prayer to Begin Summer

  1. With the light, I have been arising much earlier, and enjoy the quiet beauty of the sunrise over the trees and garden before the world is awake. I love this prayer, and will print it out to say along with my morning meditation. Thank you.

  2. Vinita, this beautiful prayer embraces the different pace of summer and the wonderful aspects of our lives that aren’t as easy to experience in the winter months – at least in our northern climates. Thank you!

  3. You can have an Ignatian summer by finding God (being open to finding God) as you work in your garden, walk in the park, swim, gather with friends at a BBQ and see God in them, notice the summer breeze on your cheek, or watch a sunset. I find God in all these duirng the summer and am inspired by the many ways Ignatius offers us to seek the magis.

  4. Thank You, for the beautiful prayer, I pray, a lot and enjoy the nature.
    I make the time to enjoy all things, watch the birds, and the leaves, flowers and quiet walks. Maria

  5. As our family gathers for dinner tonight we will say this prayer and look forward to many more summer nights together with family and friends.

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