The following is an introductory list to some online resources to support you in your spiritual quest. All can be used with a group or on your own. Some include interactive online communities. These are ones that I have found helpful; if you have suggestions for others, please mention them in the comment section.
Grace and Peace –
- Ignatian Spirituality has grown from the work from its founder, Ignatius of Loyola, who was a Spanish nobleman who had a transformative experience of God that led him to develop his Spiritual Exercise as a guide for serious lay faith formation. Ignatius brought together a serious commitment to intellectual rigor with an openness to use of the imagination in prayer. Honest, practical, encouraging, challenging and hopeful, Ignatian Spirituality offers guides to a daily examination of our life and faith, as well as deeper and more focused times of retreat.Patient Trust – a poem by Tielhard de Chardin
For Ignatian Resources on this site, see here>>>
- Common Prayer, by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro, provides an ecumenical guide to community prayer modeled on the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and other similar patters that have been used by the global church for more than a thousand years. It is meant to guide community prayer, so that when used by an individual alone, that experience draws us into awareness of our connection to the larger community of faith, and we bring to our individual prayer that experience of community. We are not meant to live the Christian life alone.
- Taize, in France, is an ecumenical spiritual community that attracts thousands each year who come to pray in community. Started and still guided by the spirit of Brother Roger, who wrote: “Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone. Gradually the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community with men determined to give their whole life and who would always try to understand one another and be reconciled, a community where kindness of heart and simplicity would be at the centre of everything.”
On this site you will find guides to prayer and song, as well as other resources for individual and communal prayer and worship.
- The writings of Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk at the Abbey of Gesthemane in Kentucky. His writings reveal a remarkable faith in a mysterious God, a humble servant who submits to what he understands God is asking even if he disagrees, and a curious free spirit who longed for peace, saw God in unexpected places, and practiced radical hospitality even as he withdrew to his hermitage to write. My favorites of his writings are the published journals, which truly reveal the breadth and depth of his faith. He was fully human in a way that some spiritual writers appear not to be.
- Father Richard Rohr at the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, writes with a contemporary post modern imagination that is deeply rooted in the historic Christian faith while remaining open to receiving God’s ancient wisdom from all its sources. As the CAC website states: “Drawing upon Christianity’s place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Rohr Institute is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings.” Fr. Rohr’s work is strongly influenced by the Enneagram: “its roots are profoundly spiritual and are based in the studies of the Desert Fathers, the world’s first Christian monastics. At its core, the Enneagram addresses the question of how we fail to recognize the presence of Grace in our lives.”