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Spiritual Resources

Daily Inspiration:
    • Mary on The Dominican Campus

"After holy Mass the Rosary is one of the most beautiful and efficacious forms of prayer…. The mysteries recall the whole life of Jesus and Mary and their glory in heaven…. A more simple and still more elevated way of reciting the Rosary is, while saying it, to keep the eyes of faith fixed on the living Jesus who is always making intercession for us and who is acting upon us in accordance with the mysteries of his childhood, or his Passion, or his glory. He comes to us to make us like himself. Let us fix our gaze on Jesus who is looking at us. His look is more than kind and understanding: it is the look of God, a look which purifies, which sanctifies, which gives peace. A Rosary said in this way, in solitude and silence, is a most fruitful conversation with Jesus. It is a conversation with Mary too which leads to intimacy with her Son."
Father Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. (+ 1964)
One Body in Christ: Spiritual Resources for the SCA online community
Every Sunday in these final weeks of Lent, especially as so many Catholics are unable to attend Mass and church-goers of other denominations are unable to gather for prayer, we would like to offer some suggestions and inspiration for praying as a family.
 
We are in an unprecedented time where even in our own diocese we cannot attend Mass at our parish churches. What are families to do? The first thing to remember is that God is always faithful. Difficult moments and crises like the current one provide an opportunity where each of us can reach out to God in prayer, asking for an increase in our own faith and that of our family and friends.
 
  • Here is a link to live-streamed daily and Sunday Masses: https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/
  • Bishop Robert Barron has started recording the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so the faithful can enter into the daily Mass during this time of separation:https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/ 
  • Pope Francis is recommending that families who cannot attend Sunday Mass pray the Rosary together on that day. He also suggests that perhaps at the time of the family meal or another opportune moment, families read together and reflect upon the Sunday Mass readings. Pray the Rosary with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia: https://soundcloud.com/nashville-dominicans/sets/pray-the-20-mysteries-of-the
  • One great resource that just this week has been offered free online is the daily prayer companion called Magnificat, which features daily Scriptural readings, prayers, reflections from the saints, etc. In addition to its online edition, MAGNIFICAT is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free. For free access in Spanish, visit and register at www.magnificat.com/gratis.
  • Additionally, a time-honored Catholic practice when we are unable to receive Jesus in Holy Communion is to make what is called a "Spiritual Communion." Just a few days ago, Pope Francis said of this practice, "United to Christ we are never alone, but instead form one body, of which he is the head. It is a union that is nourished with prayer and also with spiritual communion in the Eucharist, a practice that is recommended when it isn't possible to receive the sacrament." One of the core beliefs of our Catholic faith is that Jesus Christ is most fully present--in his body, blood, soul, and divinity--when we receive him at Mass in Holy Communion. This privilege of receiving him in the Eucharist is one of the greatest treasures of our faith. However, sometimes circumstances prevent against that reception, and in these cases, it is a most worthy prayer to invite Jesus into our mind and heart. Here is a great prayer of spiritual communion to learn and share with others: Act of Spiritual Communion My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from you.   Amen.