Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Spiritual Formation resource...

There is something very appealing about the Upperroom site. I've added it to my Spiritual Formation Resource list as a site I like to visit.

The Prayer Methods in particular are worth exploring.

The Sacred Space section is there for you to develop for yourself should you wish.

Here is a snippet of the Prayer Methods section.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Yet any of these may also give voice to our own joys, yearnings and struggles.
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).
Want to share your joys and concerns with the MethodX community? Post them here so we can join with you in prayers of thanksgiving, praise, confession, petition, and intercession.
So, now you know you are a Lover, Mystic, Prophet, or Sage. (If not, take the Spiritual Types Test.) Did you know that each of the spiritual types has a favorite way to pray?
Looking for clarity? Learn the Quaker way of the Clearness Committee to help with making tough decisions.

2 comments:

Cosmo said...

Gordon,

I see you have the Irish Jesuit site linked - Sacred Spaces.

Have you visited the British Jesuit site: Pray as you go.

Some helpful Mon-Fri, 12 min devotionals in mp3.

Marcus

Gordon said...

Thanks Marcus - it is new to me but looks interesting.