Deepen your Faith

Is your understanding of your faith growing?  Going to Mass once a week is not enough to keep it alive and flourishing!

“The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him.” (Pope Benedict XVI’s ‘Porta Fidei’ letter for the Year of Faith)

Have a look at the websites described below to see how they may help enrich your spiritual life.
Pray-as-you-go is a daily prayer session, based on the scripture reading for the day. It is designed so that it can be downloaded for use on an MP3 players, to help you pray whilst travelling to and from work. You can also listen to it on a laptop or PC.

Lasting 10 – 13 minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. The aim is to help you to:

– become more aware of God’s presence in your life
– listen to and reflect on God’s word
– grow in your relationship with God.

It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of British Jesuits and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.

www.pray-as-you-go.org

The Apostleship of Prayer can be thought of as the Pope’s own “prayer group.”

In 1844 Fr. Francis Xavier Gautrelet told a group of Jesuit seminarians who were eager to work on the missions: “Be apostles now, apostles of prayer! Offer everything you are doing each day in union with the Heart of our Lord for what He wishes, the spread of the Kingdom for the salvation of souls.”

Each month the Pope proposes two intentions, the second specifically related to the missionary work of the Church. Over fifty million apostles of prayer worldwide now pray for the Pope’s prayer intentions each month.

www.apostleshipofprayer.org

The Sunday website of Saint Louis University provides a comprehensive way to prepare for Sunday Mass.  It gives prayers; spiritual reflections on the readings of the day; and an in-depth study of the readings and their context.

http://liturgy.slu.edu

Thinking Faith is the online journal of the British Jesuits. Its articles give a Catholic view on today’s important issues.

www.thinkingfaith.org

Heart gives unto Heart is a new Catholic internet radio station, to be launched on Sunday 4th November 2012. It aims to celebrate our Catholic Faith by broadcasting a wide mix of original programmes, which showcase the creative talent within our community. It plans. to broadcast from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm each day

The station ran for a week during the Papal visit in 2010, but will now be the UK’s first regular Catholic broadcaster. To listen to the programmes, or to “listen again”, go to the following web address:

www.hguh.co.uk