There are many great options for daily prayer online, through smartphone and tablet apps, by mail, or by email. If you have more to add to the list or would like some suggestions, let me know!
Daily Mass Readings – You can always find the Mass readings of the day and daily video reflections at the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings (in English)
http://www.usccb.org/bible/lecturas/ (in Spanish)
Pray As You Go and Rezando Voy – Daily Jesuit prayer audio podcasts (with smartphone apps), based on the readings of the day:
Jesuit Daily Reflections – Here are several options for daily Ignatian prayer from around the world, some also available as smartphone/tablet apps:
The Word (America - The Jesuit Review) - https://www.americamagazine.org/section/word
Scripture reflections online or in a podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-word/id1320295636?mt=2)
Bishop Barron’s Homilies - http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/ - Bishop Robert Barron’s “worldwide media ministry” offers a weekly podcast of his Sunday homilies, weekly videos for teachers at https://faithinfocusweekly.com, as well as Advent and Lent resources in English and Spanish at http://adventreflections.com/and http://www.lentreflections.com/.
Busted Halo - http://bustedhalo.com/ - This Catholic site for "faith shared joyfully" offers many articles and resources, including non-traditional Advent and Lent reflections.
Loyola Press 3 Minute Retreat (English or Spanish) - http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm and http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minutos-de-retiro-oracion-diaria-online.htm - A three-minute daily retreat from Loyola Press.
The Examen (at Ignatian Spirituality) - http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/ - Here you can find many excellent resources to use to integrate the Ignatian Examen into your daily life.
Anytime Examen - http://godinallthings.com/prayer/anytime-examen/ - A two-minute audio recording to lead you through a reflection on the high and low points of the last 24 hours.
Praying with Our Imagination (at Creighton) - http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Imagination/ - There are several examples here of imaginative prayer for you to try, based on Gospel readings.
Magnificat (in English or Spanish) - http://www.magnificat.com/ - The classic book of daily Mass readings, prayers, and reflections is available for paid paper, online, or smartphone/tablet app subscriptions. (They also provide resources for children.)
Our Daily Bread and Nuestro Pan Diario - https://odb.org/ and https://nuestropandiario.org/ - Daily devotions and Bible reading plans (including a yearly reading plan) available in print, by email, or as a smartphone/tablet app.
- General Resources and Getting Started
- Jesuit Leadership, Education & Business
- Ignatian Discernment
- Ignatius and the First Jesuits
- More Resources
Loyola Press - What is Ignatian Spirituality
If you'd like to get started with Ignatian Spirituality or understand it better, Loyola Press keeps a collection of great resources for every level and many different topics.
Boston College - The Portal to Jesuit Studies
Boston College and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies have a searchable online portal to a wide selection of Jesuit sources.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network
An organization for social justice and advocacy from the point of view of Ignatian Spirituality, and they have many resources about current events and justice movements.
The Jesuit Post
A blog written and produced by Jesuits in formation, engages contemporary life and pop culture from a Jesuit perspective.
USA Today - Jesuit Schools Thrive in USA ahead of Pope Francis' trip
This article gives an overview of how the Jesuits got involved in education and what makes Jesuit education distinctive.
American Magazine - What distinguishes Jesuits
Cardinal Avery Dulles S.J. details the vision of St. Ignatius and the special characteristics of the Jesuits.
Loyola Press - A method of group decision making
This resource from Loyola Press has a method of group discernment for businesses and organizations.
Thinking Faith - On not having to be John Keating
This article on Ignatian Spirituality in the classroom comes highly recommended.
American Magazine - Love will decide everything
This piece on Pedro Arrupe S.J. explains how, as Father General, he led Jesuit schools to emphasize faith and justice.
Xavier University - Foundational documents on Jesuit Catholic Education
Many documents on the basis of Jesuit Education.
David Fleming S.J. - The Ignatian Anniversaries
This article by David Fleming S.J. explores the lives and spiritual lessons from St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Peter Faber.
Georgetown University - Selected letters by St. Ignatius
A collection of letters that Ignatius wrote to the first Jesuits. I recommend starting with 1 and 8, both labeled "On Dealing with Others."
Jesuits.org - General Congregation 36
General Congregation 36, in Fall 2016, was the most recent worldwide Jesuit meeting. See this link for information about GC36, the new Father General, and previous Jesuit General Congregations.
The Jesuit Curia in Rome
A list of Jesuit publications worldwide, in many languages.
Jesuits.org - Publications
Links to Jesuit publications by the Jesuits in the U.S. and Canada, including America Magazine and the Studies in Jesuit Spirituality journal.
There are many opportunities to go on an individual or group retreat! Please see me if you'd like to discuss options or funding from the school for these or other retreats.
Sign up for a group retreat. Below are some places close by and places we’ve used in the past, and you can use their websites to see if they have upcoming retreats scheduled. (Some of these places lead a lot of retreats, while others are primarily places for people to go for individual retreats. Most offer both.)
Take time for an individual retreat. An individual retreat, whether you want some quiet time for yourself or a retreat led by a director, can be a great way to renew your faith at a time and place that works for you. Check the list below to see about scheduling one, and let me know if you’d like help finding activities or a director.
Some options for local retreat houses:
The Cenacle (Lincoln Park)
Carmelite Spiritual Center (Darien)
Monastery of the Holy Cross (Bridgeport)
Portiuncula Center for Prayer (Frankfort)
The Well (LaGrange Park)
Check with your parish. Your parish bulletin or parish staff can tell you whether retreats are offered at your own church. If your parish has a retreat or program you think others might enjoy, please let me know!
Please see Beth Franzosa or Fr. Pat Casey if you'd like help finding a spiritual director! Here are a few spiritual centers that offer spiritual direction if you'd like to get started.
What Is Spiritual Direction? A resource from Loyola Press's Ignatian Spirituality page.
The Claret Center in Hyde Park has many trained spiritual directors, and also some opportunities to work (for free) with a spiritual director in training during the school year. Call 773-643-6259 and ask for Mary, and she can talk with you about which director will be a good match for you.
The Cenacle in Lincoln Park offers spiritual direction from the Cenacle Sisters for a free-will donation.
Stop by the ETC (across from Room 211 in the St. Stephen's building) to borrow one of these books for your own reading.
If you have suggestions for other books to add, please let Beth Franzosa know!
Jesuit History, Education, and Business
|Yo viví la bomba atómica||Arrupe||Spanish|
|Stretched for Greater Glory: What to Expect from the Spiritual Exercises||Aschenbrenner||English|
|Our Way of Proceeding||Barry||English|
|Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way||Barry and Doherty||English|
|Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Lay Colleagues and Friends||Byron||English|
|Spiritual Exercises for Today||Dunne||English|
|¿Qué es la Espiritualidad Ignaciana?||Fleming||Spanish|
|Lessons from Ignatius Loyola||Fleming||English|
|What Is Ignatian Spirituality?||Fleming||English|
|Come Follow Me||Fortman||English|
|Misionero: Breve semblanza de Pedro Arrupe||Iglesias||Spanish|
|A Pilgrim's Testament: The Memoirs of Ignatius of Loyola||Loyola||English|
|The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything||Martin||English|
|La Aventura Ignaciana||O'Brien||Spanish|
|The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present||O'Malley||English|
|The First Jesuit||Purcell||English|
|Escritos Esenciales||Teilhard de Chardin||Spanish|
|Ignatius of Loyola: The Pilgrim Saint||Tellechea Idígoras||English|
Perspectives on Faith
|Tuesdays with Morrie||Albom||English|
|Dame a conocer to nombre: Imagenes biblicas para hablar de Dios||Aleixandre||Spanish|
|Contemplatives in Action||Barry||English|
|The Gift of Peace||Bernardin||English|
|Jesuits in Profile||Boly||English|
|Tattoos on the Heart||Boyle||English|
|Caminar sobre las aguas||Buelta||Spanish|
|Sopa de Pollo para el Alma Inquebrantable||Canfield, Hansen, McNamara||Spanish|
|To Be a Christian Is to Be a Revolutionary||Carney||English|
|In Search of Paul: How Jesus's Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom||Crossan and Reed||English|
|The Mystic Road of Love||Dunne||English|
|A Taste of Peru||Esenther||English|
|Believing in Jesus||Foley||English|
|Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World||Francis||English|
|Man's Search for Meaning||Frankl||English|
|Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments||Grady and Huston||English|
|Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of St. Benedict||Henry||English|
|Man Is Not Alone||Heschel||English|
|Becoming Human||Jean Vanier||English|
|Dones de Gracia: Una Collección de Encuentros Personales con la Virgen Maria||Jensen||Spanish|
|Poetry of John Paul II||John Paul II||English|
|Happy Are They…: Living the Beatitudes in America||Langford||English|
|Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality||Lonsdale||English|
|How Can I Find God?||Martin||English|
|I'll Die Laughing||McGloin||English|
|Findind Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution||Miller||English|
|Keeping the Faith, Making a Difference||Miscamble||English|
|In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership||Nouwen||English|
|A Faith You Can Live With||O'Donnell||English|
|This Is Our Faith||Pennock||English|
|Stories of God||Rilke||English|
|Mercy in the City||Weber||English|
|Simone Weil: Selected Writings||Weil||English|
Prayer and Reflection
|Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation||Baldovin||English|
|God and You: Prayer as a Personal Relationship||Barry||English|
|Praying with Ignatius of Loyola||Bergen and Schwan||English|
|A Western Way of Meditation: The Rosary Revisited||Bryan||English|
|Orar con el Padre Arrupe||Garcia||Spanish|
|Peace Is Every Step||Hanh||English|
|Called to Holiness||Haring||English|
|Hearts on Fire (1993)||Harter||English|
|Hearts on Fire (2004)||Harter||English|
|Jesus Beyond 2000: A Prayer Journey||Link||English|
|Catholic Prayers||Liturgy Training Publications||English|
|The Canticles||Liturgy Training Publications||English|
|The Psalter||Liturgy Training Publications||English|
|A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer||Manney||English|
|Una oración sencilla que cambia la vida||Manney||Spanish|
|Becoming Who You Are||Martin||English|
|Jesus: A Pilgrimage||Martin||English|
|Praying with Passionate Women||Meehan||English|
|No Man Is an Island||Merton||English|
|New Seeds of Contemplation||Merton||English|
|The Seeker's Guide to Reading the Bible: A Catholic View||Mueller||English|
|The Ignatian Workout||Muldoon||English|
|Life of the Beloved||Nouwen||English|
|The One Year Bible||Our Sunday Visitor||English|
|En Nombre de Dios Pedimos Posada||Pinzon-Umana||Spanish|
|The Essential Bible Handbook: A Guide for Catholics||Redemptorist||English|
|The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality||Rolheiser||English|
|Psalm 23: The Song of a Passionate Heart||Roper||English|
|Ocho Dias de Ejercicios Espirituales||Sagues/Cortabarria||Spanish|
|The Daily New Testament||Servant||English|
|Moment by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life||Smith and Merz||English|
|Armchair Mystic: Easing Into Contemplative Prayer||Thibodeaux||English|
|God, I Have Issues||Thibodeaux||English|
|Rediscubrir el Examen Ignaciano||Thibodeaux||Spanish|
Check the sites for the Jesuit Schools Network, Educate Magis, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network to see news from Jesuit schools around the country and the world.
From the Archdiocesan newspaper Catholic New World, some places and events to check off your "Catholic Bucket List".
The worldwide Jesuit meeting, General Congregation 36, took place in fall 2016. There is a page of information and history about Jesuit General Congregations here: http://jesuits.org/gc?dtn=dtn-20160711030307