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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. 

Friday, 07 April 2017 13:25

A sabbatical for religious in their 80s

sabbatical time of the sageA sabbatical for women and men religious in their 80s to enable participants to remember, reflect and celebrate wonderful lives will be held on 11 November to 9 December 2017 in the St Joseph's Centre for Reflective Living in Baulkham Hills NSW.

candles150Here are liturgies available for use in prayer and reflection in atonement and healing for sexual abuse.

womensday2017Download this prayer resource for liturgy, personal and group reflection to mark this year's International Women's Day or for any other occasion with a theme focused on women.

Monday, 13 February 2017 23:03

Useful Lent 2017 resources

stations of cross earth2These free resources offer reflections, prayers, stories and discussion points for children and adults on themes such as ecology, peace and nonviolence to help make the 2017 season of Lent meaningful.

candles150Let us pray for all victims, survivors and all those affected by sexual abuse with these prayers from the Vatican Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

using mercying appAlthough the Year of Mercy has drawn to a close, a new Mercy-ing App has been developed for 2017 to enable people to continue with daily inspiration and reflection to support the movement of contemplation and action in the everyday.

Monday, 14 November 2016 19:35

Advent resources for 2016

advent wreath caritasLooking for advent resources? Here are a few helpful reflections, prayers and activities from the perspective of ecology, art, families and social justice.

Friday, 30 September 2016 15:31

Praying for peace with the children of Aleppo

syrian children drawingLet us join Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria on October 6 to pray for an end to the violence and devastation upon their city and country.

mental health week logo150A Nouwen Network invites individuals and faith communities to join a ‘Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding’ on the Sunday of, or immediately following World Mental Health Day, 10th October.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:53

A prayer for West Papua

prayer card papua cvrJoin us in praying daily for the Papuan people, in solidarity with their quest for recognition, justice, dignity and freedom from oppression.

Monday, 19 September 2016 14:11

Resources for International Day of Peace

international peace day fb logoAnswer the call to be peacemakers on 21 September 2016, International Day of Peace, with prayer, awareness and reflection.

ncps logo150The National Committee for Professional Standards (NCPS) has published a resource kit for parishes, prayer groups and communities for use on Child Protection Sunday on September 11th.

Friday, 05 August 2016 09:20

Join the World Day of Prayer for Creation

Pope praying 150The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) invites everyone to join Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:54

Prayer for nonviolence

praying handsAmid the violence, conflict and oppression in our world, let us pray for peace and share this prayer with others.

Monday, 06 June 2016 12:04

A prayer for the election

candles150This prayer is from the Australian Catholic Bishops that accompanied the Statement on the upcoming 2016 Australian federal election "A Vote for the Voiceless".

praying handsIn 2016 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 8-15 May. Download these prayer resources from the National Council of Churches in Australia.

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.

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