Growing in the Life of Prayer and Spiritual Practices
Prayer is a way to connect with the Divine. The Catholic Faith is rich in spiritual practices including many different types of individual prayer, community prayer, and practices of caring. There are prayer forms that will be fruitful for anyone from the most traditional Catholic to someone who is spiritual but not religious. We invite you to learn about different prayer forms and spiritual practices. Try the ones that attract you. If you are not drawn to a practice, enjoy the fact that some others in the world-wide Catholic community enter into their faith this way.
GOD OUR MOTHER by The Liturgists
Created in honor of Mother's Day, God our Mother is a liturgy that explores both the scriptures that speak of God in a maternal context and the limits of human language in describing an infinite God.
God Our Family, God Our Mother
Mother’s Day got me thinking about how the family is truly a representative of the divine and God’s desire for us to be in union. It’s no surprise that the Judeo-Christian tradition lavishly uses metaphors of familial relationships: Father and Son, sister and brother, bride and bridegroom, Blessed Mother.
May, the Month of Mary
This beautiful book is a thoughtful Scripture study of twenty key touchstones of Jesus' life. An intimate encounter with the rosary, this lovely volume integrates Bible study, journaling, and thoughtful daily action prompts. You will grow in your appreciation and understanding of this beautiful traditional devotion, while deepening your love for Jesus in the gospel. For each day, you'll find Scripture, a devotional essay, pages for Lectio Divina, gorgeous graphics to prompt your prayer, and ample journaling space. Clear and elegant design, hand-drawn illustrations, and lovely calligraphy make this book a treasured gift for the woman who uses it. A companion children's book invites families to study together.
LITANY OF MARY OF NAZARETH
Glory to you, God our Creator,
breathe into us new life, new meaning.
Glory to you, God our Savior,
lead us into the way of peace and justice.
Glory to you, Holy Spirit, transform us to the love of others.
Mary, wellspring of peace, be our guide.
Model of strength, be our guide.
Model of gentleness, be our guide.
Model of trust, be our guide.
Model of patience, be our guide.
Model of courage, be our guide.
Model of risk, be our guide.
Model of openness, be our guide.
Model of perseverance, be our guide.
Liberator of the oppressed, lead us to life.
Comforter of the afflicted, lead us to life.
Cause of our joy, lead us to life.
Sign of contradiction, lead us to life.
Breaker of bondage, lead us to life.
Political refugee, lead us to life.
Mother of the liberator, pray for us.
Mother of the homeless, pray for us.
Mother of the dying, pray for us.
Mother of the nonviolent, pray for us.
Widowed mother, pray for us.
Unwed mother, pray for us.
Mother of a political prisoner, pray for us.
Mother of the condemned, pray for us.
Mother of the executed criminal, pray for us.
Mother of mercy, pray for us.
Mother of faith, pray for us.
Mother of contemplation, pray for us.
Mother of vision, pray for us.
Mother of wisdom and understanding, pray for us.
Mother of grace and truth, pray for us.
Mother, pregnant with hope, pray for us.
Mother, centered in God, pray for us.
Seeker of sanctuary, pray for us.
First disciple, pray for us.
Sharer in Christ's ministry, pray for us.
Participant in Christ's passion, pray for us.
Seeker of God's will, pray for us.
Witness of Christ's resurrection, pray for us.
Mary, Queen of Peace, we entrust our lives to you.
Shelter us from war, hatred and oppression.
Teach us to live in peace, to educate ourselves for peace.
Inspire us to act justly, to reverence all God has made.
Root peace firmly in our hearts and in our world. Amen.
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Pope Francis’ Intention for May, 2018
Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.
“Lay people are on the front line of the life of the Church. We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity.
Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalized.
Let us pray together this month that the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, the mission that they received in Baptism, putting their creativity at the service of the challenges of today's world. ”
Power in Prayer
Listen as Sister Mary Gabriel, Novice Director for the Sisters of Life, speaks to college students about the transforming power of prayer at the Seek 2013 conference presented by FOCUS. Drawing on personal experience and her lively faith, Sister encourages all of us to rededicate ourselves to growing in relationship with Christ through a life of joyful prayer.
15 Powerful Prayers You Can Say in Just 15 Seconds!
There are certain moments in life when a short prayer is what we need to restore our focus on God and bring forth a sense of calm. It may be in a situation in which we are too overcome with grief, fear, or anxiety to think beyond a few words. There are times when we are in a hurry to get out the door on our way to work or when we need to offer a quick prayer as the teacher passes out a final exam. Whatever the reason, God to has told us that the length of our prayer is not as important as the heart behind our prayer.
Why Not Soar?
Why Not Soar? is a short retreat based on a prayer-poem written by a woman mystic of the 1200s, Mechtilde of Magdeburg. You will be delighted to find how her awareness of God’s love as visible in all creation finds a home in us today. This translation is from Praying with the Women Mystics by Mary T. Malone (Columba Press, 2013).
You have the wings of longing.
You know the pull of hope.
You feel the flowing of desire.
So why not soar?
Click here to download and print this free online retreat.
Prayers of St Hildegard of Bingen
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT BY ST HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
Fire of the Spirit, life of the lives of creatures,
spiral of sanctity, bond of all natures,
glow of charity, lights of clarity, taste
of sweetness to sinners, be with us and hear us.
Composer of all things, light of all the risen,
key of salvation, release from the dark prison,
hope of all unions, scope of chastities, joy
in the glory, strong honour, be with us and hear us.
St. Brigid's Psalm and Blessing
May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside every wall and door
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof
Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy
Bless every foot that walks its portals through
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.
Learn about St. Brigid on our Women's Work Tab.