I am a Catholic wife and mom in a small rural village in south Louisiana in the USA. I discovered pray-as-you-go through iTunes. My husband gave me an ipod for Christmas last year and I have almost filled up all 80gb, mostly with Catholic podcasts, hymns, music, etc. I look for PAYG to download every time I open iTunes. I created a playlist for each day of the week and update them with the current PAYG podcast along with other hymns, prayers, divine office, meditations, etc. I am so very happy with pray-as-you-go. My prayer life is Ignatian-based and so PAYG fits right in with my daily prayers. Also, the nightly examen is excellent. I travel 3 hrs a day for work and listen to the daily reflection on my way into the city in the morning. It makes a great difference in my day. I especially like the format with the bells and the music. The voices of the reader and narrator are excellent. Some similiar podcasts are just dull plain reading of the scripture. The reflection for Advent is a great idea. I have meditated on Deus Caritas Est and am enjoying revisiting it. I listen to the nightly exam after my night prayers. I thank you so much for creating this podcast. Please continue to do so. I would miss it greatly.
Last Christmas, I received an iPod from my husband and so, began searching the iTunes store for podcasts. Just before Lent, I came across Pray As You Go, and was immediately drawn to the music, the readings and the calm it afforded me. And so, I decided to use it as a part of my Lenten practice — something I would "take on" for Lent (rather than the something I would deny myself). Three mornings a week I wake before sunrise to work out and have found that my favorite time to listen is on my 12-minute drive to the gym, a time when traffic is actually light in Los Angeles, and a time when I can begin my day alone and quiet, with God. It has transformed me into a person who now has a daily ritual of quiet time with God – someone I had never been. Thank you for the gift of word, music and spirit. Initially, I had longed for readings for the weekend days as well, however, my Sunday reading takes place at my church, and I celebrate Saturday as my contemplative day of rest with my family.
I use Pray-As-You-Go on the metro or the bus. As a busy graduate student, while I have the best of intentions to do more regular, concerted Ignatian prayer, it often just does not happen... However, through the eight minutes five days a week, that I can do on my commute with my MP3 player, I can at least get a bit of a focus. One thing that is great about your prayers, when I am doing it in the midst of my world, is looking at the world that is going by. For example, if the music is along the lines of "He Hears the Cry of the Poor" and I'm on the bus, travelling through the really abandoned and neglected areas of the city, where, especially as winter approaches, I see many homeless people, I more easily connect my spirituality with what I am seeing through my own eyes, and find a greater peace in my work, which partially includes advocating for these poor.
Thanks to you for this initiative which is greatly welcomed. I took St. Ignatius's spiritual exercises during one year with the Madrid Jesuits and my biggest fear was to lose contact with spirituality once exercises were finished. Pray-as-you-go has helped me a lot to keep it up!