Finding that you are too busy to pray-Try the “Pray As You Go” App

Modlitwa w drodze (logo)Modlitwa w drodze (logo)facebook_share_thumbnailIs your commute to work more than ten minutes? Is it difficult to make the time to pray and reflect? Download the App ‘Pray As You Go’ and listen on your iPhone or device and you’ll easily fit prayer and reflection into your day.

www.pray-as-you-go.org/

Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly while traveling to and from work, study, etc.

A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend.  It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.

Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Our aim is to help you to:

  • become more aware of God’s presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God’s word
  • grow in your relationship with God

It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.

Pray As You Go App

Pray As You Go App!
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Do you take time for yourself?

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I’ve Been Thinking

 “An omen from God.”

It was from my brother Bobby, who was in Morocco for a board meeting of the organization ONE and (Red), which he co-founded with Bono. ONE and (Red) both work to save lives. Saving lives has, in fact, been my brother’s life’s work. (It has actually been the life’s work of all of my brothers — Timothy as chairman of the Special Olympics International, Mark as president of the Save the Children Action Network, and Anthony as the founder and chairman of Best Buddies. But today, this story is about Bobby.)

Bobby has raised more than $465 million dollars through (Red) for those with HIV/AIDS in African countries. He has raised millions more for the Special Olympics through its A Very Special Christmas albums, which he co-produced with Jerry Moss and Vicky and Jimmy Iovine. (It’s great music worth listening to any time of year.) And, these last several years, he has also worked tirelessly to try and secure housing for homeless veterans in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is home to the largest V.A. facility in the nation, but not a single new housing unit has been built there yet. That should piss everyone off. It doesn’t, but it should. (Bobby’s most recent op-ed implored President Trump to build this housing to help the homeless vets, since he vowed to take care of them as president. Bobby’s plea has yet to be answered.)

 

Bobby has devoted his life to working on behalf of others. That’s why an exchange he had with a doorman in Morocco stopped him in his tracks.

The doorman, who was trying to grab my restless brother a car, turned to him and said, “We have time here. Not like you in America. You have no time, so you do not live.”

This really made my brother stop (a huge feat, by the way). “You have no time to live. Make your time yours,” he wrote to me from halfway around the world.

I share this with you today because I believe it to be deeply true. Time is our most precious resource, but very few of us use it as wisely as we could. We rush through our lives with our eyes on our phones, trying to get through one thing after another. We rush around trying to get somewhere that we think will make us happy. We rush around so much that in the midst of it all, we forget to actually live.

Do you make time to live? Time for yourself? Time for your friends? Time for your family? Or are you too busy?

I’m writing this early so I can go spend time with my other brother Timothy, who asked me many months ago to “spend time” with him. “Give me a weekend,” he said. “I want time with you.” So I did, and we are spending this weekend at a retreat in New Mexico with Fr. Richard Rohr and others. (I’ll write about that next week.)

On this Palm Sunday leading into Holy Week, I hope you take some time for reflection, intention and rest. I hope you take some time to decide whether you are you so busy with everything else in your life that you have forgotten those closest to you, maybe even yourself.

That brings me back to my brother Bobby. Two months ago, he moved away from Los Angeles, which is where he had lived for more than 20 years. He packed up his life and his family and left.

At first, I was angry because I felt like he was leaving me behind (I know that sounds selfish, but it’s how I felt initially). Then I came to realize that what Bobby needed was time. Time for himself. Time to breathe. Time to recalibrate. Time away from LA. Time, perhaps, to save the life he had skipped over on behalf of others. I pray that he finds the time to live the life he is seeking.

Today at The Sunday Paper, we hear from others who have taken the time to listen to their own hearts and forge a different path forward. May their stories and their advice help you think about how you can do the same. And if you already have, I want to hear from you. How have listened to your heart? How have you made time for yourself? How have you made time to live?

All of this brings me to my favorite poem by my friend Mary Oliver, “The Journey” (you can read an excerpt below). She reminds us that there’s only one life you can save: your own. So start there. If you have time after that, go for it. But make what you do with your time matter. Make it meaningful. You only have so much time here on earth. Take time to live your life. I’m passing on the omen from a world away. I hope you have time to think about it.

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The only way to change: begin to live the way of love

I’m sure we’re all aware that the word “gospel” means “good news.” In the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, it’s very simple. The introduction of Mark simply says, “Jesus began to proclaim the good news.” The good news — the reign of God is at hand — what does that mean? It means the love of God is ready to overwhelm all of creation and transform it into that glorious reign of God where peace and joy, fullness of life is there for everyone. That good news emanates from God’s love.

That’s what these lessons teach us today about the love of God. That’s the good news: God loves us with a love that’s unbreakable, unconditional, unlimited. In the first letter of John, the disciple writes, “God is love. Where there is love, there is God.” And then goes on to say, “And this is the love that I mean: that God first loved us.” God never stops loving us. God’s love drew us into existence. We would not be, would not exist if God’s love hadn’t drawn us into existence. Continue reading-click here

[Homily given at St. Charles Lwanga Parish, St. Leo site, Detroit, Mich. The transcripts of Bishop Gumbleton’s homilies are posted weekly to NCRonline.org. Sign up here to receive an email alert when the latest homily is posted.]

Source: The only way to change: begin to live the way of love | National Catholic Reporter

Readings for 9/11 anniversary focus Mass on mercy – National Catholic Reporter

A woman reads the names of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City September 2015. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Sunday marks a significant anniversary for the U.S. — the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. For some, like new high school freshmen, the attacks are merely a historical fact, occurring before most were even born. Others see Sept. 11, 2001, as a marker of time, ushering in two new distinct time periods: pre- and post-9/11.

For those hoping to find solace in the Catholic Mass, J. Michael McMahon has made some suggestions for liturgists to honor the range of feelings that surround the anniversary. McMahon, the music editor at Celebration, wrote a feature piece reflecting on Sept. 11 and spoke to NCR about his thought process behind planning a Mass that focuses both on the Gospel and the somber mood surrounding the day.

The first step is turning to the Gospel and other Scripture for guidance. Continue reading

Source: Readings for 9/11 anniversary focus Mass on mercy – National Catholic Reporter

Pray-As-You-Go

Modlitwa w drodze (logo)Modlitwa w drodze (logo)facebook_share_thumbnailDo you commute to work? Does it take you more than 10 minutes to get to the mall? Listen to  ‘Pray As You Go’ on your iPhone or device to make the ride more enjoyable!

www.pray-as-you-go.org/

Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly while traveling to and from work, study, etc.

A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend.  It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.

Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Our aim is to help you to:

  • become more aware of God’s presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God’s word
  • grow in your relationship with God

It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.

Pray As You Go App

Pray As You Go App!