Prayer & Spirituality

All Christians are called to holiness by virtue of their baptism. Active membership in a community of faith where one learns the practices of prayer and other spiritual disciplines is the first principle of a healthy prayer life and spirituality. Each person responds to God's call by living a distinct spirituality based upon his/her life situation, offering individual gifts in response to communal need.

Benedictine Spirituality

It may seem odd that some of the best guidelines for achieving balance in our world today, where stress has become the norm, come from a sixth-century Italian monk who at one point chose to live by himself in a cave. Yet through the centuries, millions have found the teachings of Saint Benedict of Nursia and his Rule for monastic life key to their own spiritual wholeness.

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Call and Vocation

All people are called to ministry by virtue of their baptism. This is our general vocation, but we also have a specific call that leads us into one of the following ways of life: Marriage, Single Life, Ordained Ministry, Religious Life. Our lives take on deeper meaning when we respond openly to God's call.

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Divine Word Spirituality

Generosity of spirit, openness to God's Word, and strength coming from prayer and a dynamic spiritual life are the Divine Word way of proclaiming God's Kingdom. Divine Word spirituality recognizes the need for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to fulfill one's mission. Through the Holy Spirit one is opened to listening for God's voice in current times, to hear God's Word in other cultures, and to go wherever the Word takes them—even if it is into the desert!

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Franciscan Spirituality

Saint Francis of Assisi has inspired generations of faith seekers to embrace the values of simplicity, reverence for life, and peacemaking. Through the example of his life he invites us to explore the spiritual gifts discovered in shared community and a life of prayer. He exemplifies and invites us to cultivate the virtue of compassion as a way to reveal Christ to each other today.

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Ignatian Spirituality

Saint Ignatius Loyola believed our deep desires are healthy, leading us towards the God who made us. While this may seem mysterious, we ultimately long for union with God. Our task is to align our desires with God's.

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Lay Spirituality: Go in Peace

Every liturgy ends with a commissioning of the laity to go out and transform the world inspired by the grace of God celebrated in Catholic worship. What is unique about lay spirituality in relation to clerical and monastic spiritualities?

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Praying into Sunday: Eucharistic Adoration

Learning sessions for the whole parish community that focus on helping Catholics appreciate and practice adoration in the context of a liturgical spirituality.

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Proclaiming Hope

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Providence Spirituality

Providence has been the symbol which speaks to us of the creative activity of God who calls into being, sustains, nourishes, challenges and lures all creation toward its final fulfillment. It is the word which proclaims God's enduring relationship to and involvement with all creation. Providence is God's face unfailingly turned toward the world.

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Stewardship: Come Share the Master's Joy

Stewardship is a conversion to a powerful way of living out our discipleship that deepens our relationship with God, helps us to build our Church and the reign of God and in turn, offers us joy and happiness.

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Prayer Styles

Home Learning

Family members will be able to describe prayer as a conversation with God, recognize different ways to pray, and be affirmed in their own prayer style as they explore new prayer styles.

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Prayer • Generations of Faith

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Giving Thanks

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Praying Well • Parent Learning Centers

Helping Our Family Live Our Faith

This session will help parents to explore prayer as a way of cooperating with the Holy Spirit, who helps us remember all that Jesus said and who instructs us in the life of prayer. They will learn the basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise and gain a greater sense of being blessed and of offering blessing. They will learn how to pray with their children and help their children understand Catholic ways to pray so they will grow into a lifetime of faith. • By Bill Huebsch

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Praying Well • Whole Community Catechesis

This session will help participants to explore prayer as a way of cooperating with the Holy Spirit, who helps us remember all that Jesus said and who instructs us in the life of prayer. They will learn the basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise and gain a greater sense of being blessed and of offering blessing.

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Praying Well (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

This session will help participants to explore prayer as a way of cooperating with the Holy Spirit, who helps us remember all that Jesus said and who instructs us in the life of prayer. They will learn the basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise and gain a greater sense of being blessed and of offering blessing.

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Praying with Scripture • Generations of Faith

This resource will guide you though four ways of praying with scripture.

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Prayer: Scripture Reflections • Generations of Faith

Seven scripture reflections focused on the theme of prayer.

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Pathways in Prayer • Generations of Faith

Complete this short quiz to help you reflect on your own prayer preferences.

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Pray Always • Generations of Faith

This all-ages session will guide participants to explore and understand the central prayer forms of the Catholic tradition and engage in the practice of prayer on a regular basis.

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Pathways to God: Prayer Forms • Generations of Faith

Individuals will reflect on the different ways to pray.

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Reading the Bible: Lectio Divina • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will learn Lectio Divina, "divine reading," a form of prayer using scripture. • By Agnes Done

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Learning to Pray with Kateri Tekakwitha • Generations of Faith

Use St. Kateri as a model for learning how to pray.

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Learning to Pray with Kateri Tekakwitha • Generations of Faith

Use this parent drop-in session to introduce the power of prayer to families. • By Tom East

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha • Generations of Faith

Leader background for teaching about St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

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Praying through Music • Generations of Faith

Use this to guide your family through praying with music.

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A Child's Prayer • Generations of Faith

A beautiful child's prayer to be used in any setting. • By M. Bentham-Edwards

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A Grandparents' Day Prayer • Generations of Faith

A beautiful prayer for grandparents to be used in any setting.

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Back to School Blessing • Generations of Faith

A family blessing as kids get ready to start a new school year.

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What is Faith?

What is our Christian understanding of faith, and how do we celebrate it and live it in inspiring ways within a secular culture?

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Praying All Ways Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival guides parishioners in reflecting on the purpose of prayer and the many different ways in which Catholics pray while providing them with actual experiences of prayer. • By Joan Weber

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Forgiveness & Reconciliation

We believe in the forgiveness of sins.... After the great commandments to love God and your neighbor as yourself, forgiveness is probably the next great hallmark of Christianity. Yet, just as love is easy to say but hard to do, so are forgiveness and reconciliation. We teach our children to say, "I'm sorry," but it's too easy for those to be hollow words – even for adults. Here we explore principles and challenges that address the holy concept of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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