Prayers and Devotional Tools

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Jesuit Resource: Jesuit Resource contains prayer indexes and a multifaith calendar.

Hallow: A Catholic meditation app to help you find peace and grow in your spiritual journey.

3-Minute Retreat: A short prayer break you can take from your computer with daily reflections based on Ignatian spirituality by Jesuit and lay contributors throughout the world.

Pray as you go: A daily spoken scripturally based Christian meditation (with music) made by the British Jesuits.

Sacred Space: A daily written Ignatian meditation based on the scriptures.

Reimagining the Examen App: Based on Thibodeaux’s book, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. With soothing music and step-by-step guidance, users can choose from one of several themed Examens—picking the reflection that best fits their current state of being—or select the Examen of the day.

Jesuit Prayer App: Jesuit Prayer is your one-stop shop for Ignatian Spirituality on the go.

Ignatian Solidarity Network: Resources on social justice and spiritual activism.


You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

--Thomas Merton


Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.


--Rev. Lynn Ungar


A Prayer to Face COVID-19 with Hope and Solidarity

Dear God,

In this time of uncertainty and fear, help us be love, mercy, and peace for ourselves and for others as we face coronavirus in the United States and around the world.

Help us hold close in our hearts those who have died, and their loved ones who mourn them.
Those who are sick or are trying to seek medical care.
Those who don’t have paid sick leave, benefits, or job security.
Those whose schools have closed and don’t have access to food, safe homes, or technology.
Those who can’t travel to be with loved ones who are ill or dying.
Those who are facing discrimination and harassment because of their ethnicity.
Those who are struggling with loneliness during this time of social isolation.
Those who are frightened and losing hope.

Help us find joy, however small it seems.
Help us remain hopeful.
Help us remember that “All shall be well, for there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.”

Amen


Prayer in a Time of Peril

I know Your hand is not at rest,
nor your eyes, distracted,
nor your voice, silent.
I know that with each breath, you are with me.
Each beat of my heart is your song;
each morning, every evening, your gift.
But oh, my dear God, these are troubled days,
and I am prone to fear.
Please, in my fear, reveal to me verdant pastures;
in my loneliness, go with me to still waters;
in this struggle, restore my soul.
And if it is in shadow that I must walk,
take my hand and do not let me go
until there is no evil left to fear.
With your love, may I love;
with your hope, may I hope,
all the days of my life.
Amen.


--Sarah Hart