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Favorite Sources for Prayer and Spiritual Growth from Parish Social Ministers

The 2012 Resources Project Team of the Catholic Charities USA Parish Social Ministry Professional Interest Section compiled a list of favorite sources for prayer and spiritual growth. We felt that this list could be of use to other members of the Section and the Catholic Charities network as a whole as people seek to enhance their personal prayer lives, plan liturgies, etc. There was some crossover amongst the responses from the eight team members. Persons offered names of favorite spiritual writers, anthologies of prayers and prayer services, blogs for meditation, comprehensive websites on the subjects of prayer and spirituality, etc. The table below illustrates source, means to access, and a summary (if applicable). Comments or questions about the list may be addressed to Steve Herro; Manager of Mission and Ministry, Catholic Charities, USA; sherro@catholiccharitiesusa.org; 571-814-4923. Source Center for Concerns Education for Justice Means of access Online, Web based Notes Listed by several members, a comprehensive Web site with backgrounders, prayers and prayer services, and other reflections related to spirituality and social justice. Some of the materials on the site are free; other sections are for yearly subscribers. A service of the Campus Ministry Office, Creighton University, offers links to daily Mass readings with a reflection by a member of the Creighton community A daily online prayer source based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola; administered by the Irish Jesuits Monthly periodical that features daily abbreviated morning and evening prayer, readings and Mass collects, biographical entries, and Mass reflections Administered by Colleen Spiro, the Web site includes daily and weekly reflections, a blog, background material on saints, examples of Catholic prayer forms, etc. Administrators of the site are dedicated toward the promotion of the spirituality of Henri Nouwen; they offer daily and weekly reflections, a daily meditation blog, and online discussion group. Produced by Catholic Relief Services, includes multimedia reports and reflections from countries of the developing world

Daily Reflections

Online, Web based

Sacred Space

Online, Web based

Give Us This Collegeville: Liturgical Day: Daily Press Prayer for Todays Catholics Catholic Prayer Online, Web based Life

Henri Nouwen Society

Online, Web based

CRS Multimedia Reflections

Online, Web based

Franciscan Action Online, Web based Network Pax Christi Bread for the Journey Blog Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiatve Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis-Advocacy Written works of Bernard Haring, Greg Boyle, Henri Nouwen, Ronald Rolheiser JustFaith Ministries prayer suggestions Our Prayers Rise Like Incense: Liturgies for Peace Prayers for the New Social Awakening: Inspired by the New Social Creed Living Gods Justice: Reflections and Prayers Prayers for a Thousand Years: Blessings and Expressions of Hope for the New Millenium Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Online, Web based

Online, Web based

Online, Web based

Local library or theological book store

where CRS serves Reflective commentaries on current social justice topics can be used for spiritual reading followed by private reflection Reflective commentaries on current social justice topics can be used for spiritual reading followed by private reflection Reflective commentaries on current social justice topics can be used for spiritual reading followed by private reflection Notable quotations, http://www.osjspm.org/CatholicSocialTeach ingNotableQuotes, can be especially helpful in prayer U.S., Dutch, German and Catholics priests of the 20th and 21st centuries

JustFaith Ministries Facilitators manual Preseton-Pile, Cindy. Erie: Pax Christi USA, 1998. Local library or theological book store Iosso, Christian and HinsonHasty, Elizabeth L. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. Local library or theological book store Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006. Roberts, Elizabeth J. and Amidon, Elias. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.

Available to participants in JustFaith Program Sample prayer service for occasions and events throughout the year; written from a social justice perspective Prayers or short sermons by interfaith religious leaders of the 20 century

Nouwen, Henri. San Francisco: Harper SanFrancisco, 1997.

Favorite prayers and prayers services, submitted by U.S. Catholic diocesan social action director, grouped around themes of Catholic social teaching and holy days/holidays/feasts Hundreds of wishes, blessings, stories, and challenges from a diverse group of distinguished international spiritual teachers, poets, activists, political leaders, youth, artists and visionaries, composed around themes of peace and understanding Collection of 366 interlocking meditations, it explores the nature of simple human experience, the surrender to Christ and the

Wisdom and Faith Prayer Without Borders: Celebrating Global Wisdom The Hidden Ground of Love: Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time Confessions of St. Augustine Augustine of Hippo: A Biography Prayer for Parish Groups: Preparing and Leading Prayer for Group Meetings Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Church as Christianity community. Ballenger, Barbara. Baltimore: Catholic Relief Services, 2004 New York: Ferrar, Straus, Giroux, 1985. Dozens of prayers, reflections, and stories derived from countries served by Catholic Relief Services religious experience gave Merton the motivation for his ever deepening commitment to peace, justice, and human equality, from the books introduction

Harter, Michael. St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1993. Ellsberg, Robert. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1998.

Prayers by Jesuits arranged to accompany Ignatius Spiritual Exercises or simply focus on events of daily life Biographical entries with quotations by holy figures, arranged by feast, birth, or death date.

Augustine, St. New York: New American Library, 1963. Brown, Peter Robert Lamont. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967. Harrington, Donal and Kavanagh, Julie. Winona: St. Marys Press, Christian Bros. Publications, 1998. Citt del aticano : Libreria Editrice Vaticana ; Washington, D.C. : [Distributed by] United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2004

Spiritual memoirs of the 5th century spiritual writer and doctor of the Church Studying the life and practices of a saint enhances ones own ability to lead a holy life. This is a book of prayer resources for parish groups. It is not a book for prayer groups, but for every parish group. from the books preface.

Understanding the social and theological grounding of our justice tradition can enhance our ability to connect theology, prayer, and justice