Archives For Prayer



Today is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola…

Ignatius of Loyola (c. October 23, 1491 – July 31, 1556) was a Spanish knight from a local Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and, on 19 April 1541, became its first Superior General. Ignatius emerged as a religious leader during the Counter-Reformation. (via Wikipedia)

Struggling to know how to pray?
St. Ignatius offers three practical methods of praying.

Here’s an important passage adapted from his classic book The Spiritual Exercises

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Three Methods of Prayer
St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Pope Francis


Yesterday saw the release of the English translation of Pope Francis’s Encyclical:

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home.

We encourage you to download the PDF of this encyclical and read it yourself.


Here are two lovely prayers that were included in the encyclical…
Perhaps you can find ways to use these prayers in the life of your church.


A prayer for our earth
Pope Francis

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This summer, the Wild Goose Festival will be honoring Phyllis Tickle (recently diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer) by incorporating prayers from her Divine Hours prayer book (Pocket Edition) into the schedule of the festival.

If you will be coming to the Festival, it is recommended that you bring a copy of this prayerbook with you…

Don’t have one? You can purchase it here:

The Divine Hours
(Pocket Edition)

Phyllis Tickle

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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith,
Founding editor of The ERB
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The Surprise of Living

A Feature Review of

Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer  
Jennie Isbell and J. Brent Bill

Paperback: IVP Books, 2015
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Reviewed By Trish Edwards-Konic
Do you want to dig deeper into your already flourishing prayer life? Or has your prayer life gotten boring? Do you long to have the prayer intimacy of the saints, or even the Psalmists? If you answered yes to any of these queries, this is the book for you.
Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer by Jennie Isbell and J. Brent Bill tackles these concerns and more. The 2 authors spent several years of conversation as they crafted this tome. Jennie Isbell is an experienced spiritual director and author of Leading Quakers. J. Brent Bill is a Friends minister and author of several books and articles such as Mind the Light: Learning to See With Spiritual Eyes and Imagination & Spirit.

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How Then do we Pray Together?

A Review of

No Peace Without Prayer: Encouraging Muslims and Christians to Pray Together, A Benedictine Approach

Timothy Wright

Paperback: Liturgical Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Amy Gentile and Liz Strout


Notes: This review, a fitting one for the Feast of St. Francis this weekend, was co-written by Amy Gentile and Liz Strout, who grew up in the same Baptist church and later converted to Eastern Orthodoxy and Sunni Islam, respectively. We read and discussed this book together, requesting it for review as we found the topic both timely and personally important.


Through the advent of technology, the world has grown increasingly more connected. We no longer have the privilege of remaining in isolated, homogenous communities (ethnic, religious, or sociopolitical). Ultimately, we would argue that’s a good thing, but it is not always easy, especially when there is a long-standing history of conflict and even violence. We must move forward with avenues of dialogue and peace-making, even when it is difficult. It is in this vein that Abbot Timothy Wright writes No Peace Without Prayer: Encouraging Muslims and Christians to Pray Together, A Benedictine Approach. He brings his experiences organizing dialogues between Catholic monks and Shi’a Muslims as well as a generous spirit to this text, setting forward a “framework, adaptable to the widely differing situations in which Muslims and Christians live side by side.” (16) This type of dialogue—whether between Christians and Muslims or any other differing communities—is a necessity in a globalized age, and we should all be echoing the call for dialogue, compassion, and ultimately peace.

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“We need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs what we are venerating.They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders, they wouldn’t be great businessmen.”
– Malcolm Gladwell,
who was born on this day, 1963

Poem of the Day:
love is more thicker than forget
by e.e. cummings  [ Tweet this ]

***Plus, 2 other poems by cummings, who died on this day in 1962.

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A Guide Book to Prayer
by Mary Kate Morse
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The Wake Up Call – September 3, 2014


Fishing for Poems


A Feature Review of

Say this Prayer into the Past: Poems
Paul Willis

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2013.
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 Reviewed by Philip Zoutendam


I made two mistakes when reading this book. The first time, I didn’t read the first poem carefully enough. The second time, I read it perhaps too carefully and applied it too absolutely.


In my defense, the first poem inhabits the no-mans-land between the table of contents and Part 1. I hope this excuses my first mistake. I always half-read introductions: I’m eager to get to the book itself, to cross the border into the territory proper, to read the book rather than read about it.

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A Love Story at Day’s End

A Review of

Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline
Kenneth Peterson

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2013
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Reviewed by Scott E. Schul


Author Kenneth Peterson has an eclectic biography: music teacher, software engineer, early music enthusiast and Benedictine oblate. Perhaps not surprisingly then, his book Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline is similarly eclectic. One might appropriately categorize it as equal parts history, memoir, travelogue, theology, and music theory.


But at its core, Prayer as Night Falls is a love story – one which slowly builds and evolves throughout Peterson’s life and that builds his faith, binds him to God and connects him to a remarkable “cloud of witnesses” within the Compline Choir in which Peterson regularly sings.

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Psalms of the Modern Man: Prayers for the Revelation of God
 A Feature Review of

99 Psalms


Mark S. Burrows, Translator
Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2013
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Reviewed by Justine Von Arb
99 Psalms is a collection of prayers that may seem improper, or even sacrilegious. Said does not supplement his questions with words of trust in God; instead, Said allows the raw emotions of his heart and the unaltered thoughts of his mind to pour out onto the page, allowing the reader a rare glimpse into the conflict that takes place as one struggles to understand God and one’s relationship with Him. Said prays the prayers that are not always comforting to read; he yearns to understand God’s uniquely personal relationship with man, even in the modern era, and this can only be accomplished by asking difficult questions, pleading for deliverance, and begging God to make himself known to the modern man.
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Read an excerpt from the newly released

A Prayer Journal

Flannery O’Connor

Hardback: FSG Books, 2013
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Listen to rare audio of Flannery O’Connor reading her work!!!!
(Includes the story “A Good Man is hard to Find”…)


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