Online Prayer Resources
Lifelong Learning and Adult Faith Formation Online Resources for Learning at Home
For Daily Devotion:
- The Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat Center has an online daily retreat, with scripture readings, reflections, and prayer.
- Living Faith provides Daily Catholic Devotions.
- Catholic Daily Reflections is provided by My Catholic Life.
- The Examen is a daily prayer to review your day with God.
- Father Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation is provided by the Center for Action and Contemplation. You can sign up to receive the daily meditation by email.
- Sacred Space, by the Irish Jesuits, provides a daily prayer and reflection.
- Interested in learning the Liturgy of the Hours? Try the Divine Office, which includes instruction on how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, as well as prayers for morning, day, evening, and night. Registration is required. The Liturgy of the Hours is an ancient prayer method for the church, particularly its priests and deacons, but now many laity participate.
For Spiritual Growth:
- Seeking God: A Jesuit Retreat is a series of talks in the style of a preached retreat, originally created for Holy Week 2020, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Brian Strassburger, SJ, guides you through many spiritual themes of the retreat and provides resources for prayer.
- Heart to Heart with Father Michael Sparough offers inspirational resources, including Seeds of Joy. Father Sparough is a Jesuit priest with the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat Center in Barrington.
- The Christian Classics Library contains hundreds of spiritual classics for online reading, as well as daily meditations, a blog, and an online study Bible.
For Faith Formation:
- Ascension Press (which is not related to Ascension and St. Edmund Parish!) has tons of resources for online learning about our Catholic faith, including webinars, videos, podcasts, and articles. It also has a multitude of parish resources for learning while staying at home. For example, here is a short study guide on Lectio Divina, an ancient way of reading and reflecting on the scriptures.
- Blessed Among Us consists of short videos on men and women who live saintly lives, originally written by Robert Ellsberg in Give Us This Day.
- Worship@Home:Dynamic Family Liturgy of the Word Services is a great resource for conducting Sunday Worship at home with your family.
- United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Resources for families includes podcasts, videos, and articles with creative ideas for worshiping at home.
- RCL Benziger Liturgical Resources: "Gospel Reflections" offers a reflection for families, suggestions for bringing the Gospel into your family, and discussion starters for thought-provoking family discussions.
- Catholic Family Faith provides many creative online resources, including faith-building activities, ways to talk to children about the coronavirus, online events, and guided prayer for children.
- Faith-fully Navigating Coronavirus with Your Kids is a short article for parents from “Growing Up Catholic,” part of the ministry of the Pastoral Center.
Reflections on the Sunday Scripture Readings:
- The Word is a weekly reflection on the Sunday scriptures.
- Catholic Women Preach is an innovative project responding to Pope Francis’s call for broader and more active engagement of the baptized in the preaching mission of the Church. Following the liturgical year, Catholic women will reflect on how the texts relate to all Catholics today with a special emphasis on the lives of women, their apostolic call, and their roles in the Church and the world.
Sunday Mass by Livestreaming:
- The Dominican Friars have a long list of livestreamed masses, Catholic TV and radio, and online prayers.
- With Your Spirit provides links to over 400 masses around the country.
- A long list of online masses can be found at Catholic Holy Masses Live Online.
- Additional resources for livestreaming Mass on our Mass Resources page.
Insights from Catholic Priests:
- Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire has a series of free videos by Bishop Barron.
- Father Michael Sparough, SJ, from the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat Center in Barrington, has an inspirational YouTube channel of his homilies.
- Father Jim Willig, with Heart to Heart Ministries, has many Gospel studies on his YouTube channel.
- Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, has a YouTube channel of videos offering commentary on social issues and modern theology.
Catholic News and Commentary:
- Chicago Catholic – here is online news from the Chicago Archdiocese. You can sign up for an email newsletter if you’re interested. You can get the latest news on the Coronavirus pandemic here.
- Vatican News Service – here is the official online news service from the Vatican
- Aleteia –This online magazine for Catholics includes inspiring stories, current events, and insights into religion, the arts, and culture.
- America is published by the Jesuits and offers many timely and thoughtful articles about Catholic life, culture, and current concerns.
- National Catholic Register
- National Catholic Reporter
- Commonweal magazine has articles on current events in Catholicism, and carries a weekly podcast of interviews and conversations on topics at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture.
- Crux is on online magazine on current events in Catholicism, “taking the Catholic pulse.”
Mental Health Resources
Here are several resources to assist with your family, friends, or community members who may be experiencing anxiety or distress during the covid-19 pandemic:
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 - CDC
- Anxious about the coronavirus? Here are 5 tips from mental health experts
- COVID-19 Social Services Resource Guide from OPRF Township, created in collaboration with the Village of Oak Park, the Community Mental Health Board and Oak Park and River Forest Townships.
For Your iPhone or iPad:
- Daily mass readings, reflections, and prayer at the JesuitPrayer
- Try the Retreat app from the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat Center.
- See the Sacred Space Daily Prayer app from the Irish Jesuits for daily reflections.
- Give Us This Day provides readings and reflections.
- Laudate provides comprehensive Catholic prayer resources, including the Stations of the Cross, Latin prayers, Catholic media, bibles, and more.
- 3 Minute Retreat app is provided by Loyola Press.
For Your Android Phone: