Selected Resources, Retreats, and Books

Writings and reflections in my blog are not to be construed as my own, although many of the reflections will capture original thoughts, they are inspired by the practice of Lectio Divina (reading, reflection, prayer, journaling). Listed here are sources of inspiration or guidance that are informing my prayers or meditations:

Web Resources:
1) http://www.Ignatianspirituality.com: Site has a little bit of everything. Have resources for online retreats and in-person retreats.
2) http://www.usccb.org: Receive daily scripture via e-mail from United States Conference of Bishops. You also have access to scripture in audio and a video for reflection. Daily mass is preferable, but for most, not attainable due to other real life callings.
Apps:
1) Check out EXAMEN or Jesuit Prayer app. There are many spiritual apps out there. The EXAMEN app has the unique feature of prompting prayer thru reminders daily and also limiting time (i.e. informs you when time has been exceeded). This is not meant to limit your prayer, only to provide a habit of brief prayer that can become of your daily life.
Books:

1)  The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything:  A spirituality for real life.  James Martin, SJ  Great starting book to re-engage God and Prayer.

2)  The IGNATIAN Adventure; Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Daily Life by Kevin O’Brien. SJ.  For most of us, a 30 day Ignatian retreat is improbable. This book gives you an opportunity to create a self-paced retreat yourself daily in your own home. If the exercises ignite your spiritual life, consider a weekend retreat or a week long silent retreat based on the exercises. For most of us, a 30 day Ignatius retreat is improbable. This book gives you an opportunity to create a self-paced retreat yourself daily in your own home. If the exercises ignite your spiritual life, consider a weekend retreat or a week long silent retreat based on the exercises.

3)  Consoling The Heart of Jesus:  A Do-It-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

4)  Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross
A christian classic that addresses seeking union with God and all the barriers that we face attaining proximity to God. At the time of this posting I am in process of reading this text.

5) the Church of Mercy by Pope Francis:  A collection of Pope Francis papers/speeches to different groups.

6) A simple guide to Matthew by Paul J. MCCARREN, SJ.:  I met the author briefly and his book is a nice review and dive into reading one Gospel at a time.  Has a book for each Gospel.

7)  Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope  Chittister (see post for content).S.J

 

Retreats Past:

1) Cursillo (many years in the past) for believers seeking deeper convictions.  Available thru many religous groups.

2) http://www.loyolaonthepotomac.com/ – Priest Prophet KIng retreat.  July 2015.  Jesuit house has on-going retreats on different themes.

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