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Resources for Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

Below is a list of resources and suggestions offered by St. Bridget parishioners to help with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.   The list was compiled by Eileen ORourke from a parish wide email discussion we had this past week.   It was inspiring to hear insights and testimonies from so many.   We hope this helps during the coronavirus shutdown and beyond — Fr. Taglianetti
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Email from Eileen ORourke:
Thanks to all who participated last week in sharing their prayer stories.  It was so inspiring to hear your ways of praying before the Blessed Sacrament.  Below is a short summary of the responses received.
God bless you all.
G.I.F.T – Growing in Faith Together

 

Resources:

Online Adoration:  https://virtualadoration.home.blog/ (Thanks Kelly for this!!)

Word on Fire – Bishop Barron’s website

Augustine Institute

Pray more Novenas – Via web which comes to your Inbox every day, or the APP for your phone. (I downloaded the App, and it sends you an alert for whatever time you set it – time to pray your novena!)

Aleteia – will send spiritual articles to your email every day

Sound Cloud App

E-Magis –  IgnatianSpirituality.com – they will also send spiritual resources to your Inbox periodically

Hints to deal with distractions:

Reading Scripture and Lectio Divina (There are some CD’s in the Resource Center by Dr. Tim Gray which walks you through the steps of Lectio.  Check out the many resources on the Augustine Institute’s website, or the Magis website)

Invite Jesus into the distractions – helps you to concentrate more on God than the distractions

Picture Jesus saying “Relax, come spend some time with Me.  Leave everything else outside.

Good spiritual books – see suggestions below:

Personal Prayer A guide to receiving the Father’s love

In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart–The Journal of a Priest at Prayer

There will be 2 copies of each of the above in the Resource center once we can get back to church.  They are both also available on Amazon if you would like your own personal copy.  There are many other good spiritual books in the Resource center that can also help.

St. Francis DeSales:  “If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently… And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.”

Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane asking his friends, “Could you not stay with me one hour?”

Cultivate other prayer spaces where you can practice being still and silent, and surrender thoughts and worries, which can help when before the Lord in the Eucharist.  These tiny windows expand to vacation views at Adoration.

Praise and Thanksgiving – either in prayer or music