Our Spiritual Life in a COVID World

Ignatian Prayer for Our Time

Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go. A new 10-minute to 12-minute prayer session is produced every day in the style of prayer based on Ignatian Spirituality. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.

 

Consider praying with Fr. Jim Martin, SJ by way of his daily faith sharing Facebook page. Fr. Martin is editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America, a consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, and a New York Times bestselling author.

 

 

Guided Prayer & Relaxation

Take a short break and enjoy A Good Day, a five-minute guided meditation on gratefulness by Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB from the Network for Grateful Living.

 

 

At Imagine: A Guide to Jesuit Prayer, Tucker Redding, SJ (America Media) offers a 10-part mini-series as a guide through a form of prayer called Ignatian Contemplation, where imagination is used to interact with various scenes from Scripture.

 

 

Commentary on Life in the COVID World

Judy Talvacchia, one of the Spiritual Directors at Campion, suggests looking to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for their take on leading in times of crisis. LCWR, among other activities, collaborates in Catholic church and societal efforts that influence systemic change, utilizing its corporate voice in solidarity with people who experience violence or oppression.

 

 

The Ignatian Solidarity Network invites you to virtual Solidarity on Tap on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Enjoy fellowship and hear powerful reflections from members of the Network who are engaged in work for justice. Speakers on the last two Wednesdays of May 2020 are: Danielle Vella, of the Jesuit Refugee Service and Olga Segura, Freelance Writer on Race and Culture. Past speakers have included: Helen Prejean, CSJ and Greg Boyle.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) educates, and forms advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions. The Network offers helpful, thoughtful, and prayerful resources on racial injustice. In the noise and confusion of the compound set of sometimes-violent circumstances caused by racism and prejudice, the COVID pandemic, and the impact of a weak economy, it is helpful to hear what others are saying. The ISN gathers wise and engaged voices that can guide us in the way of peace. Especially in times of uncertainty and rapid change, taking time to reflect becomes essential.

 

Community in a Time of Safe-Distancing

Oregon Catholic Press provides music and resources to Catholic parishes and worshipers all over the world. Songs of Hope and Inspiration, on their you tube channel, is a collaborative playlist created to remind us of Christ’s love and to inspire each us to spread that love with our neighbor.

 

 

Kathy Simisky, one of Campion Center’s spiritual directors, suggests staying connected by praying with others through Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations. These free daily meditations are sent to your email from the Center for Action and Contemplation to assist us in living-out our sacred soul tasks in service to the world through contemplative programs and resources.

 

 

Join Dan Schutte in prayer and song in a Novena for the time between Ascension and Pentecost. With suggestions for personal reflection and music for each day, Dan offers a wonderful way to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit.