Prayer

Prayer

Our conscious relationship with God is through prayer. Prayer takes many forms and finding what suits you can take trial and error and exploration of different ways of praying.


Meditative Prayer

You are invited to take part in our Meditative Prayer sessions.

This method of praying follows the practice of “Divine Reading” known as Lectio Divina.  It is a gentle way to experience the Word of God becoming alive within us.

Fr Richard O’Dwyer SJ will lead and guide participants.

Thursday 7.30 pm at Gardiner Street Church. Enter via Parish Office.


Online Prayer Resources

 


Liturgical Calendar

Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality offers a way of seeing the connection between ourselves, our God and our world. It is a holistic and practical spirituality that can help us to 'find God in all things'.

The First Principle and Foundation
 (St. Ignatius of Loyola, as paraphrased by David L. Fleming, S.J.)

St. Ignatius begins his Spiritual Exercises with The First Principle and Foundation. While not typically thought of as a prayer, it still contains much that is worth reflecting on.

The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
 God, who loves us, gave us life.
 Our own response of love allows God's life
 to flow into us without limit.
 
 All the things in this world are gifts from God,
 Presented to us so that we can know God more easily
 and make a return of love more readily.
 As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God
 Insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.
 But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
 They displace God
 And so hinder our growth toward our goal.
 
 In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
 Before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
 And are not bound by some obligation.
 We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
 Wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
 For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
 A deeper response to our life in God.
 
 Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
 I want and I choose what better leads
 To God's deepening his life in me.

Suscipe (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
 my memory, my understanding
 and my entire will,
 All I have and call my own.
 
 You have given all to me.
 To you, Lord, I return it.
 
 Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
 Give me only your love and your grace.
 That is enough for me.

Prayer for Generosity (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Lord, teach me to be generous.
 Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
 to give and not to count the cost,
 to fight and not to heed the wounds,
 to toil and not to seek for rest,
 to labor and not to ask for reward,
 save that of knowing that I do your will.

Anima Christi (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
 Body of Christ, save me
 Blood of Christ, inebriate me
 Water from the side of Christ, wash me
 Passion of Christ, strengthen me
 Good Jesus, hear me
 Within the wounds, shelter me
 from turning away, keep me
 From the evil one, protect me
 At the hour of my death, call me
 Into your presence lead me
 to praise you with all your saints
 Forever and ever
 Amen

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