prayer

Br Stephen Power SJ (centre) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ (right) at morning prayer at GC36
As the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) continues in Rome, the 215 electors are now engaged in the business that is central to any gathering of this nature, including legislative and administrative matters.  But this is also an important opportunity for the Jesuits to renew their understanding of their Jesuit identity and mission, for today and for the years ahead.Each morning, the tone of the day of work is set by prayer, coordinated by a German Jesuit, Fr Clemens...
A close up of a set of rosary beads
“God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”The one patient for whom no doctor can do anything is the patient who doesn’t think that he has a problem. I have a good friend who is an alcoholic. Since you will never meet him, I will tell you that his name is Tom. He has now not drunk alcohol for ten years, but he still knows that he is an alcoholic. Before that, his drinking destroyed his family, his job, his home and very nearly killed him. One day during Lent ten years ago, the...
A JourneyOn Ash Wednesday, 2006, Pray As You Go set out with a mission to help commuters meet with God on their journey into work. Armed with music and the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, creator Fr Peter Scally SJ established one of Jesuits in Britain’s most successful ministries. 10 years on, Pray As You Go helps people all over the world not only with their journeys into work, but also on their journeys of faith.The daily 10 minute podcasts – of scripture readings,...
This novena is for the nine days leading to the Feast of the Sacred Heart, which falls this year on 12th June. You may pray the novena privately, in your family, in a parish group or with your neighbours or friends. If you are praying it with others, a different person may lead the novena each day, or you may share the various sections among those taking part.Don't rush. Read the Scripture passage (on the image) and the meditation slowly, pausing when something strikes you. A short prayer...
An older man praying
“when you grow oldyou will stretch out your hands,and somebody else will put a belt round youand take you where you would rather not go.”I think we’ve all had experiences of being taken where we would rather not go…Until about five years before his death, Father – I’ll call him Father John - was not the best loved man in the British Province of the Society of Jesus - not by a long chalk. He was respected certainly, admired even, for his zeal, commitment,...
Jesuit Missions
The Jesuit Missions Prayer Page for the month of April is now live! Here you will find resources intended to help focus some of your intentions or offer some stimuli for prayer.Resources include topical prayers and different prayer styles to help broaden and deepen your prayer life within the tradition of Ignatian spirituality.This month’s prayer has on two main focal points: JM Prayer Focus: The EnvironmentJM Prayer Focus 2: The London MarathonHead over to their website now to...
A farmer on his farm, ploughing
Here in the northern hemisphere, spring arrives around now yet many of us feel anything but spring-like, despite the fact that the Lord is risen indeed and that plant-life in our gardens, city squares and window-sills is burgeoning, even blooming. There just seems too much to sadden, even terrify us, too many reasons to repudiate hope. It feels that our days are darker, not brighter. But the new life is springing; “now the green blade riseth”, as we can sing. We can learn much from...
Event poster that reads "Jubilee of Mercy"
Morning Reflection with Paul Nicholson and Ann DunneOn December 8th 2015, Pope Francis inaugurated the Holy Year of Mercy.  On the second Saturday mornings from February to June 2016, the Hurtado Jesuit Centre offers you a time to reflect on five aspects of God’s loving kindness.  This period will also embrace the ‘joyful season’ of Lent.  You are most welcome to come and discover greater spiritual depth though the door of mercy.The next Saturday morning...
Photograph of hands cradling a candle
‘The great parable of God’s mercy is the best place to start’ if we want to think about why praying for the living and the dead is merciful, says Richard Leonard SJ. In the latest article in our series on the Spiritual Works of Mercy in Laudato si’, we see how the encyclical calls us to realise that the moments and choices of our everyday lives matter, to us and to God. The seventh spiritual work of mercy is to pray for the living and the dead. Not long ago...
It is Holy Week – the week in which we re-live in our prayers the journey Jesus made from Jerusalem to his crucifixion on Calvary and his resurrection.We have produced eight conversations for Holy week to take you back to those tense and frightening days in Jerusalem and place you alongside the apostles as they try to make sense of the political and mystical forces at work in what is happening to them, to Jesus their Lord, and to the people of God.Listen to the other episodes >>When...

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