I am a freshman at St Louis University, a Jesuit school in the USA. For the past few weeks the campus ministry program has been encouraging students and teachers to use pray-as-you-go, especially during this Lent season. I decided to try it out, as my Lenten promise to see if it would work for me. I download the prayers every week and put them on my iPod. I try to listen to them in a quiet place, like in the chapel downstairs or while I am lying in bed. It has been life-changing for me. I have learned to listen to what God is saying and just pray about everything. I have finally learned to dedicate time to him. If you decide to do Pray-as-you-go, do it with all of your heart, no matter how busy you think you are. Listen to what God is saying, talk to him about everything that is going on, just sit in his presence. It will change your life if you let it.
I learnt about Pray-as-you-go from a poster on the noticeboard at the back of our church. Our parish has 24 hour adoration of the Blesed Sacrament; therefore there is/must always be someone praying in the side chapel before the Blessed Sacrament. Over the holiday seasons there are always gaps as people go on holiday and the hourly captains and coordinators are always filling in for someone. I did many hours of substitution in December and thought I could try something new in these hours. My son received an iPod from his grandfather for Christmas and I could take over his MP3-player. So after learning how to use this apparatus I downloaded your prayers and music and now have another wonderful companion during most of my hours of adoration. I love it and thank you. I will support you!
I am a Candidate-postulant from the Carmel of Antwerp. I found Pray-as-you-go on the top 10 podcast list from iTunes. I've downloaded it, and loved it immediately. I listen to it daily about 15 minutes before the Holy Mass starts. I was so enthusiastic about it that I shared it with my fellow Carmelite sisters, and our Rev. Mother Mary-Margerite listens to it every day. I can't imagine my day without my 10 minutes' Jesuit meditation. I understand more about the Gospel, and see things through other eyes now... For example, the genesis meditation, it started snowing here and going with my hands through the snow was completely different since that meditation. It was Gods creation!! I always knew that, but now I was aware of it. It's really excellent!!! Thank you, Jesuit Media Initiatives.
I discovered Pray-as-you-go by accident, while posting my own podcast at iTunes (quantum chemistry). I generally listen on my evening walks, but yesterday I listened while waiting for surgery (much to the amusement of the nurses). Music, readings and reflection enabled me to face that experience, and the complications that followed knowing full well I was held in the presence of God. Thanks!
I can't remember how I heard about Pray-as-you-go -- I think maybe it was on a website somewhere. It was pretty early on, because it was during Lent 2006. I listen every morning on my subway ride. When my mp3 player broke, I was very dissapointed I couldn't get my PAYG podcasts anymore. Then my boyfriend gave me a new one for Christmas, and the first thing I thought was "I can listen to my daily meditations again!". I find it very calming and peaceful -- it is a wonderful way to start the day, centered on what is important. Sometimes it is hard to listen with all the train announcements, but I still find it worthwhile. Thank you for this resource -- I really appreciate it.