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Spirituality & Prayer

Prayer and spiritual growth is essential to transform ourselves and the world. Below are resources from partner organisations and ministries around the world to strengthen and inspire you in the work of justice and peace. Prayer resources on specific justice themes (refugees and asylum seekers, caring for creation, etc.) can be found in the Justice Network's Issues and Advocacy section. 

acrt logoThe Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is inviting everyone to pray for mothers of people who are in detention, particularly people on Manus Island at this time of great uncertainty. Let us also remember mothers who themselves are in detention.

amoris laetitia cvrThe Redemptorists have welcomed Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on The Joy of Love or Amoris Laetitia with a resource kit.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:13

Online interfaith prayer resource

world prayers logoLooking for prayers when words seem to fail during these tumultuous times? The World Prayers website is an online database of prayers written by spiritual visionaries representing all life affirming faith traditions.

stations of cross earth2Do you want to weave in a reflection on creation with your Good Friday prayers? The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC) has published a Stations of the Cross prayer guide through the prism of Laudato Si'.

Friday, 11 March 2016 13:23

Eucharist as the basic spirituality

eucharistWould you like to learn more about the Eucharist? Father Frank O'Dea sss has published a free online book that provides a wonderful overview of the theology of the Eucharist, the rite and spirituality.

world day of prayer 2016World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women who observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. Pray with this year's theme, "Receive children. Receive me."

 

LaudatoSi BlueMts150Thinking Faith, the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain, offers a series of reflections over Lent on the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy in the context of Laudato Si’.

Monday, 15 February 2016 11:31

Lenten fast for climate justice

Global Catholic Climate Movt logoThe Global Catholic Climate Movement has organised a global fast for climate justice. Join Christians from 55 other countries to overcome indifference to the climate change crisis and its victims.

Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:12

Forty days with scripture and Laudato Si'

MOGC Lenten Reflection picThe Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the teachings of Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:32

Lenten prayers to end extreme hunger

bread for the world logoBread for the World, a Christian collective aiming to end world hunger through prayer and advocacy, has produced scripture lessons, daily devotionals and prayers for use this Lent. You are welcome to download or order print copies of Lenten Prayers for Hungry People to share with family, friends, and members of your church or parish.

Friday, 05 February 2016 10:39

Lenten carbon fast calendars

palm crossAre you fasting this Lent? Try a carbon fast with these helpful calendars to encourage mindfulness, reflection and action to care for God's creation.

Friday, 29 January 2016 11:32

Year of Mercy resources from Mercy Sisters

Mercy logo for YOM 150A Year of Mercy webpage lists helpful resources from the Sisters of Mercy and partners-in-Mercy to aid our prayer and reflection in this Jubilee Year.

Friday, 29 January 2016 08:42

Lenten resource from Columbans available

hands natureThe Columban Mission Institute has published The Grace of Place, an online Catholic Lenten Resource useful for implementing Laudato Si’ within your school and parish.

Friday, 04 December 2015 13:40

Advent resource from Columbans

advent wreathThe St Columban's Missionary Society offers a free aid to teaching and preaching this Advent in Whispers of God.

Pope praying 150Australian Redemptorists have published a digital resource kit for the Year of Mercy which will begin on December 8th 2015.

Mercy-ing appThe Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand have released a new app for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year to assist with daily reflection and prayer practice.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:06

Celtic influenced prayer resource

celtic cross Dietkirchen Kriegsgraeber IrenThe website Faith and Worship is a helpful page for finding Christian prayers and resources on peace, justice and other prayer needs/themes for throughout the liturgical year.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:18

Resources for the Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy 150To prepare for the Year of Mercy which begins on 8 December 2015, here are links to design, art, liturgical and teaching resources.

Beloved 150Sisters Anne Marie Joyce osc and Hilda Scott osb have contributed to Beloved, a daily book of Advent and Christmas reflections and Cry Out,  a CD of Psalms for Advent and Lent.

mental health poster150One in five Australians will experience mental illness this year. You can encourage help seeking behaviour, reduce the stigma of mental illness and foster connectivity in communities through a campaign of Mental Health Australia and pastoral resources from A Nouwen Network.

planting hands 150A resource from the Columban Mission Institute helps explore scripture readings for September to help us find the voice of the earth as the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:31

2015 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

ycl150Read the message of Pope Francis for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations on 26 April 2015, "Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation" and find helpful resources and prayers.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 22:15

ARISE: Lenten Program 2015 now available

Arise Lent 2015In this new year, it's never too early to think about Lent. Order your copies of ARISE: Lenten Program 2015, a six-week Lenten resource for small groups, prayer companions, staff reflections, families and individuals, which comes with a CD Box Set. 

Sunday, 15 December 2013 23:33

Lectio Divina reflections released as an app

lectio divina app150The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay recently released its popular lectio divina reflections for Advent in the form of a free application or "app" for smartphones and tablets - and it's not too late to download them.

bread4today150The Redemptorists of Australia and New Zealand have released a prayer app, Bread 4 Today - a free, accessible meditation aid for people to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community.

A Nouwen Network invites you to join with us in prayer and calling for "A National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery and Understanding" to be established in Australia. 

On 8 August, Feast of St Mary MacKillop, the Sisters of St Joseph invite all Australians and people of good will, to join them in prayer for justice and compassion as a sign of solidarity with asylum seekers.

Friday, 01 March 2013 09:22

Beyond These Days

The Augustinians bring you "Beyond These Days: Journeying from Passion Sunday into Holy Week" filled with reflection, fellowship and music in the peaceful surrounds of Stanwell Tops with musician Jesse Manibusan, composer of the well-loved inspirational song "Open My Eyes, Lord". 

Monday, 18 February 2013 10:22

Useful Lenten resources

There are many free online resources from Australian religious congregations to help make this Lenten season a meaningful one. Here are the links for prayers, paraliturgies and practical suggestions for fasting and almsgiving, which you can download and share with others.

Friday, 13 January 2012 11:45

Meditation, reflection and conversation

The Carmelite Centre Melbourne The Good Book Club, a meditation workshop, a dream group, and an online course on Carmelite spirituality are just some of the programs being offered at The Carmelite Centre in Melbourne during January and February.

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