• Lectio Divina divine reading

    One of the most central and ancient practices of Christian prayer is lectio divina, or divine reading. In lectio divina, we begin by reading a few verses of the Bible. We read unhurriedly so that we can listen for the message God has for us there...

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  • Ignatian Method virtual experience of scripture

    Think of the Ignatian Method-named after Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) - as a sort of virtual experience of the scripture where you read the scripture and then create in your mind a short film about what you read...

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  • Praying the Psalms the Bible's book of prayer

    Psalms has been called the prayer book of the Bible in both Jewish and Christian traditions. It is a collection of sung prayers that has been used in worship from the time of ancient Israel up to the present...

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  • Icons praying with eyes wide open

    Many of us were taught to close our eyes when we pray. Praying with icons is an ancient prayer practice that involves keeping our eyes wide open, taking into our heart what the image visually communicates...

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  • personalizing scripture

    The Bible contains prayers and canticles (songs) that give us words to pray and praise. Many, such as the Lord's Prayer, the Magnificat, and the Canticle of Simeon, have become part of the common prayer of the church liturgy...

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  • The Examen remembering the day

    In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius urged that all be taught the examen, a daily examination of our deepest feelings and desires. He called these feelings our consolations (what connects us with God, others and ourselves) and desolations (what disconnects us)...

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  • Praying As We Are your favorite way to pray

    So, now you know you are a Lover, Mystic, Prophet, or Sage. (If not, take the Spiritual Types Quiz.) Did you know that each of the spiritual types has a favorite way to pray? ...

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  • Making Decisions a way to reach clarity

    Looking for clarity? Learn the Quaker way of the Clearness Committee to help with making tough decisions....

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