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.
In this new year, it's never too early to think about Lent. Order your copies of ARISE: Lenten Program 2015, a six-week Lenten resource for small groups, prayer companions, staff reflections, families and individuals, which comes with a CD Box Set.
The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay recently released its popular lectio divina reflections for Advent in the form of a free application or "app" for smartphones and tablets - and it's not too late to download them.
The Redemptorists of Australia and New Zealand have released a prayer app, Bread 4 Today - a free, accessible meditation aid for people to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community.
A Nouwen Network invites you to join with us in prayer and calling for "A National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Recovery and Understanding" to be established in Australia.
On 8 August, Feast of St Mary MacKillop, the Sisters of St Joseph invite all Australians and people of good will, to join them in prayer for justice and compassion as a sign of solidarity with asylum seekers.
The Augustinians bring you "Beyond These Days: Journeying from Passion Sunday into Holy Week" filled with reflection, fellowship and music in the peaceful surrounds of Stanwell Tops with musician Jesse Manibusan, composer of the well-loved inspirational song "Open My Eyes, Lord".
There are many free online resources from Australian religious congregations to help make this Lenten season a meaningful one. Here are the links for prayers, paraliturgies and practical suggestions for fasting and almsgiving, which you can download and share with others.