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Spirituality & Prayer

Prayer and spiritual growth is essential to transform ourselves and the world. Below are resources from partner organisations and ministries around the world to strengthen and inspire you in the work of justice and peace. Prayer resources on specific justice themes (refugees and asylum seekers, caring for creation, etc.) can be found in the Justice Network's Issues and Advocacy section. 

0218ProjectCompassion 150How do we respond to the call from Ash Wednesday’s scripture for a “steadfast spirit” of compassion and kindness for all God’s people and so be ambassadors for Christ?

Each year Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion, which runs through the six weeks of Lent, brings together communities across Australia, in solidarity with the world’s poor, to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year the focus is on youth and their communities globally and providing them with a Just Future.

1712Joyreflection 150When asked to do an article on the theme of Joy, I had ear marked this weekend to cross it off my ‘To Do’ list, writes Sr Julianne Murphy RSJ. Little did I know my week would bring the death of an uncle on Monday and a call to a suicide on Friday. So, Joy… what about it?

Despite the sadness today, moments of joy are ever present with me too. I recall earlier this year, a photo I took of Zynomie, who is shown is this photo, when he wrote his name for the first time. I also treasure this image of communal joy when the first rains broke here after a long Dry Season. And, the joy Andrew and I had when the Crows made the grand final!

Sunday, 13 August 2017 21:55

A spirituality for reaching out

Sr Christa Murphy sspsSister Christa Murphy ssps writes about belief and the search for meaning in this article which reflects the same themes and voice of her upcoming book, Our Holy Ground: To Touch Within.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 19:22

Hymn of healing for the Church

broken jarOne of the beautiful songs heard at the recent CRA National Assembly was this beautful hymn by musician Marist Brother Michael Herry, offered as a prayer for forgiveness, healing and justice for victims of sexual abuse in the Church.

elderly friendsFrom speaking with and listening to older people I have come to believe that growing old is a time of many blessings and paradoxes, writes Josephite Sister Nellie Versluys rsj.

welcome country brochureFind prayers and liturgy useful for reflecting upon healing and reconciliation during National Day of Healing and Reconciliation Week.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 09:22

May, the month of Mary

virgin mary pixabayMary as Mother is ever relevant. She lovingly reared her son with all the challenges that parenthood brings. She is our Mother too, caring for us. She stayed faithful, despite awful suffering, "She stood by the Cross" as her only child was tortured to death, writes Sister Sally Hyland ssjg.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 22:43

New Marist prayer app goes live

Marist app launchA new app launched by the Australian Marists complements other daily online prayer resources by offering something that is distinctively Marian.

Monday, 24 April 2017 11:06

Praying for peace on ANZAC Day

anzac rememberance 150As we mark ANZAC Day 2017, here are some resources for remembrance and praying for an end to all conflicts in the world.

Monday, 10 April 2017 11:47

Josephite Easter 2017 reflections

stations of cross earth2Do you need some reflection resources for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday?

Friday, 07 April 2017 13:25

A sabbatical for religious in their 80s

sabbatical time of the sageA sabbatical for women and men religious in their 80s to enable participants to remember, reflect and celebrate wonderful lives will be held on 11 November to 9 December 2017 in the St Joseph's Centre for Reflective Living in Baulkham Hills NSW.

candles150Here are liturgies available for use in prayer and reflection in atonement and healing for sexual abuse.

womensday2017Download this prayer resource for liturgy, personal and group reflection to mark this year's International Women's Day or for any other occasion with a theme focused on women.

Monday, 13 February 2017 23:03

Useful Lent 2017 resources

stations of cross earth2These free resources offer reflections, prayers, stories and discussion points for children and adults on themes such as ecology, peace and nonviolence to help make the 2017 season of Lent meaningful.

candles150Let us pray for all victims, survivors and all those affected by sexual abuse with these prayers from the Vatican Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

using mercying appAlthough the Year of Mercy has drawn to a close, a new Mercy-ing App has been developed for 2017 to enable people to continue with daily inspiration and reflection to support the movement of contemplation and action in the everyday.

Monday, 14 November 2016 19:35

Advent resources for 2016

advent wreath caritasLooking for advent resources? Here are a few helpful reflections, prayers and activities from the perspective of ecology, art, families and social justice.

Friday, 30 September 2016 15:31

Praying for peace with the children of Aleppo

syrian children drawingLet us join Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria on October 6 to pray for an end to the violence and devastation upon their city and country.

mental health week logo150A Nouwen Network invites individuals and faith communities to join a ‘Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding’ on the Sunday of, or immediately following World Mental Health Day, 10th October.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:53

A prayer for West Papua

prayer card papua cvrJoin us in praying daily for the Papuan people, in solidarity with their quest for recognition, justice, dignity and freedom from oppression.

Monday, 19 September 2016 14:11

Resources for International Day of Peace

international peace day fb logoAnswer the call to be peacemakers on 21 September 2016, International Day of Peace, with prayer, awareness and reflection.

ncps logo150The National Committee for Professional Standards (NCPS) has published a resource kit for parishes, prayer groups and communities for use on Child Protection Sunday on September 11th.

Friday, 05 August 2016 09:20

Join the World Day of Prayer for Creation

Pope praying 150The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) invites everyone to join Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:54

Prayer for nonviolence

praying handsAmid the violence, conflict and oppression in our world, let us pray for peace and share this prayer with others.

Monday, 06 June 2016 12:04

A prayer for the election

candles150This prayer is from the Australian Catholic Bishops that accompanied the Statement on the upcoming 2016 Australian federal election "A Vote for the Voiceless".

praying handsIn 2016 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 8-15 May. Download these prayer resources from the National Council of Churches in Australia.

acrt logoThe Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is inviting everyone to pray for mothers of people who are in detention, particularly people on Manus Island at this time of great uncertainty. Let us also remember mothers who themselves are in detention.

amoris laetitia cvrThe Redemptorists have welcomed Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on The Joy of Love or Amoris Laetitia with a resource kit.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:13

Online interfaith prayer resource

world prayers logoLooking for prayers when words seem to fail during these tumultuous times? The World Prayers website is an online database of prayers written by spiritual visionaries representing all life affirming faith traditions.

stations of cross earth2Do you want to weave in a reflection on creation with your Good Friday prayers? The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC) has published a Stations of the Cross prayer guide through the prism of Laudato Si'.

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