I am a 55-year old businesswoman who, like many others, finds it difficult to integrate contemplative practices into a 50 hour work-week filled with client demands, business travel, and family responsibilities. I don't recall how I stumbled upon Pray-as-you-go, browsing through the internet, but I was immediately intrigued by the concept. I had recently become very interested in establishing a daily prayer routine. I knew of podcasts, but had never actually subscribed to one, but the directions were very easy, as are the weekly downloads. The length of each session is perfect. I find it to be a wonderfully inspiring way to integrate meditation on the scriptures and sacred music into my day. I usually listen while taking my dog Laddie on our morning walk, or if I'm traveling, I listen on the plane. The music is usually a wonderful conduit into my interior world, and the readings are instructive and the interpretations and guided meditations are very inspiring. I love the speakers' calm, gentle voices and I have come to feel as if I know them. Thank you for this wonderful offering. I have forwarded the website to friends and colleagues.
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!