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A Journey Through Holy WeekIntroductionIt 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.When...
Pray As You Go's present studio
Pray As You Go is celebrating its 10th birthday today. It was on Ash Wednesday in 2006, 1 March, that Jesuit Media Initiatives – an apostolate of the Jesuits in Britain – launched the daily audio prayer, which has gone on to attract thousands of users around the world.Using bells to call the listener to prayer, a scripture passage, questions for reflection and a wide variety of music, Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable devices, to help people pray whenever...
The Pope answers questions on war, sin and free will in the new book
Letters and drawings from children from Jesuit institutions around the world – including in the UK – feature in a new book from Pope Francis, which attempts to answer his question: ‘What did God do before the world was made?’ The six to 13-year-olds, who come from five continents, wrote to the Pope, asking him questions on a wide variety of topics. Their letters and drawings were taken to Casa Santa Marta last summer by Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, the director of La Civilta Cattolica, and 31 of them...
Prayer in the Church of Reconciliation at Taizé, Wikipedia Commons
Students from universities and colleges throughout Britain are being invited to undertake a pilgrimage to Taizé for Holy Week and Easter. Chaplains in further education institutions are advising students that a coach will be picking up at Manchester and Birmingham, before heading for London from where they will leave Victoria Coach Station for Taizé in eastern France on Saturday 19 March.“My experience is that it is around this time that students are starting to think about Easter plans,” says...
Journeying with the Magi: Advent Retreat 2015
The Advent Retreat offered by Pray As You Go and Sacred Space has prompted a wave of appreciative messages from across the world.A joint initiative by the Jesuits of Britain and Ireland, the retreat provided weekly reflections during the Advent and Christmas season and participants from as far away as Canada and India, the USA and Germany – as well as the UK and Ireland – have written to say how much they have appreciated the opportunity to reflect on the Christmas story of the Magi (or Wise...
Pope Francis Meme
So, how are the New Year’s resolutions getting on?Well, maybe better we just don’t go into that.As it happens, the Church has a new year’s resolution given us by our Holy Father. It is one of Mercy – to bring reconciliation into the life of every single person we can.Of all things that I ever do in my life, I believe that the most useful to humanity, is hearing confessions. I think there is no suffering, no pain, no anguish in life that is greater than guilt – the knowledge deeply felt of all...
Pope Francis appeals directly for us all to join him in prayer
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has launched ‘the Pope Video’ through which Pope Francis invites men and women of the world to unite in prayer for his intentions related to the challenges facing humanity. This global multi-media initiative builds on the network that has grown as the Apostleship of Prayer since 1844; its first statutes were approved by Pius IX in 1879 and its promotion was entrusted to the Jesuits as an ecclesial ministry of the Church throughout the world. Since 1929, the...
Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ at prayer
The January 2016 edition of The Way has just been published, with a particular focus on prayer and those who pray.Among the articles in this edition, James Menkhaus asks what lessons can be drawn from Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ’s experience, seven decades after Hiroshima was destroyed. Arrupe was Superior General of the Jesuits in the turbulent years immediately after the Second Vatican Council. Earlier in his Jesuit life, he had been novice master in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped on...
Sun breaking through the clouds
If you have problems with prayer, read on. The God we imagine and then try to meet in prayer is generally thought of as pretty lifeless, dull, flat, colourless, genderless, sexless and lacking in humour, creativity and understanding. We feel that our friends and our distractions are more interesting and life giving than God. We would rather spend time with our friends and our amusements and interests than with God, rather take our chances with them than with God. That is understandable, given...
Tender Mother by Robert Cheaib on Flickr
Each day in the middle of our routines, anxieties and disasters, the liturgy brings its work of healing.  ‘It binds up the wounded soul’, gives us food for the journey of our lives and renews us in the truth that only faith can see and sustain. It carries us when we need to be carried and celebrates with us when we mark those moments of joy and thanksgiving, weaving them all into the fabric of God's own eternal life, sanctifying our life in its everyday ordinariness.In the rhythm of the...

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