31 Saint Ignatius Loyola
St Ignatius was the founder of the Jesuits and believed in finding God in all things. He used a process called discernment to determine the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The daily Examen is a prayer developed by St Ignatius that helps us to reflect on where we have found God in our day. Use the link below to pray the Examen.
Examen prayer year six
Pope Francis was a member of the Jesuit Order before coming Pope.
Lectio Divina is Latin for spiritual or sacred reading. It is a simple method of praying the scripture that has deep roots in the Benedictine tradition. In general, this process involves four parts (or moments). These are only a guide and can be adapted to the needs of the group.
The four moments are as follows:
Read and Listen –listen to the passage with the ear of the heart and let the words sink in deeply
Read and Reflect –reflect on the passage paying attention to how it speaks to you personally. There may be a word or phrase that captures your attention.
Read and Respond –respond through prayer (publicly or privately).
Rest –rest silently in God’s presence.
Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)
An Augustinian, who established the Order of preachers called the Dominicans, is remembered as a preacher, organiser and patron of learning. He had a great devotion to Mary and encouraged his followers and others to pray the Rosary. Pray a decade of the Rosary for peace in the world.
Memorial of St John Vianney (1786-1859)
St John Vianney is remembered for his preaching and is honoured as a model for parish clergy. He showed the love of Jesus to all people. Pray for all priests that God will bless them with generous hearts and guide them in their living the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy
The Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major
Saturday Mass of the Virgin Mary
Today’s Feast is now known as the Dedication of St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore). Every year on August 5, white rose petals are dropped into the sanctuary from an opening in the coffered ceiling of Saint Mary Major to commemorate its legendary origin in the fourth century.
Prayer: The Hail Mary