I have found this 'Pray-as-you-go' resource to truly be a "treasure buried in my backyard". Using it in the car is my favorite place as sadly this is one of the few places these days to be alone with one's own thoughts. It's also become a mission for me of sorts, I've yet to burn a week to CD and not run into someone within a few hours that would greatly enjoy such a thing in their life, regardless of where they worship or even if they don't at all! I pray the great work of this site continues to grow.
I don’t really know how to express my gratitude for your Pray-as-you-go meditation. It is nearly a year since a friend started giving me the week's program on CDs and now I depend on them to start my day. I am an English woman, now a widow, grandmother and great grandmother. As a cradle Catholic there have been many adjustments to conform to living here in Uruguay, South America, but I first learnt the value of silent meditation at Prinknash Abbey, Gloucester during my frequent visits to England. Now there is no more traveling as I am almost eighty-eight but you do the traveling for me and I am eternally grateful. I love the style, I love the music. You help so much to keep me on the right road daily. Thank you.
I learned about Pray-as-you-go from surfing the internet. I have an extremely busy lifestyle with my family, work, and school. I subscribed to the PAYG podcast and download it onto my mp3 player so that I can take it to work with me. Whether I'm on the road or just have a few minutes of down time at work, I can listen and pray along with the podcast. It has been a real blessing for me and has helped to open up my prayer life. I enjoy the music. It really helps me to reflect on what is shared and prayed. The review of the day and the body and breathing exercises have been helpfull as well. I've recommended the website and podcast to all of my friends, both Catholic and Protestant. I love it and don't miss a single day. Thank you for this most excellent resource!
In the picture you see William listening to Pray-as-you-go with friends at a pub - taking to heart, no doubt, the Ignatian maxim of finding God in all things!
I found your website through the Sacred Space website, which in turn I found as a link on the website of our church St. Francis Xavier (in the city centre of Amsterdam). As you can probably guess by our church's name, it is served by the Dutch Jesuits where I'm doing The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life. The experience has opened a whole new way of looking at the world and I keep the extra spark of Ignatian Spirituality going everyday with your daily prayers. I play them when I'm cycling to work and it gives me a good start to the day, something to reflect on while I'm travelling and also to think about when I having my first cup of coffee at work. Thank you so much for this daily glimmer of hope and love!
On the picture you see the neo-baroque towers of our church St. Francis Xavier (aka Krijtberg).
I am a writer and church consultant. I now work from home, but for ten years I drove to my job. Before I took the work out of the home, I had a schedule for Morning Prayer, but once I began to commute, I could hardly fit everything into my morning that I needed to finish before I left the house. Morning Prayer was reduced to snatched moments of praying rather desperately in the car. A friend from the last place where I worked emailed me with the news of the PAYG site, telling those of us who do not have iPods how we could use the site without that technology. Now I rise early and meditate for half an hour, and then I work at getting the day’s start ready for the rest of my family. When all have gone and I am ready for work, I sit down at my desk and look out the window at the new day, and listen to the day’s reading. I find the experience to be a complete one, allowing me to be present to God and feel God’s presence both in community and in solitude. I have often thought how marvelous this offering of daily prayer is to the current and future generations of Christians, an example of God making all things new, in this offering of the deep strength known and learned by monastic communities to Christians who are not monks but are making the Body of Christ in today’s world, and gaining necessary strength from the reading, the prayer, and the presence of God and each other in this way. I often use a day from the week previous, on Saturday and Sunday. I find the repetition is a good experience, and the reminder that many people who listen are off on the weekend gives me a stronger sense of the working community world-round.