Wrapping up an Ignatian retreat shortly before the start of Lent, I said to a priest-friend, “How am I supposed to go from feeling the joy of Easter right back into Lent?” He reminded me that Jesus is always risen and alive. We should always carry the joy of the risen Christ with us. I find it challenging to reconcile Easter and then Lent in this order. Of course, God has no problem with this […]
The popular prayer site Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. We publish the Sacred Space books for Advent and Lent, and a Sacred Space prayer book for the year. This year, we compiled Sacred Space materials that focus on the topic of encouragement, and the result is Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement. For your encouragement today, enjoy this sample. When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant Soon […]
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. […]
God, who creates me and who loves me, I open my thoughts to receive you. I open my heart to welcome you. I open my eyes to see your possibilities for me. I open my ears to listen more attentively to my life. I open my dreams to include wonders beyond my sight. I open my future to your grace. I open my struggling soul to your peace. Amen.
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; […]
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.
Fr. Robert L. Keane, SJ (CAPT, USN, Ret.), shares a Veterans Day prayer in this short video.
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 […]
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.
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 […]