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.
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.