Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Adult Playlist: Faith Amid Anxiety

This playlist focuses on how we can cultivate the virtue of Faith in the anxious times through which we are living.

Below you will find suggestions for praying through your anxiety and finding God's peace in the midst of uncertainty.

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)

 

   

                                      You can find our focus Scripture passages for the month here:

                                       Mark 4:35-41        Jesus calms the storm  

                                       Mark 6:45-51        Jesus walks on water   

 

                                     Some reflections on praying through anxiety:

                                     Praying in Crisis, from the Center for Action and Contemplation

                                     Undoing Life's Knots from Franciscan Media

 

         

                                    Father Casey Cole talks about Letting Go of Your Anxiety

                                    How to Live With Uncertainty from Ascension Presents

                                    Here's a beautiful video reflection on Isaiah 35 from SALT Project.

 

     

                                        Here are some songs to pray with when you are feeling anxious:

                                        Audrey Assad, Restless

                                        Hillsong United, Oceans

                                        Matt Maher, Alive and Breathing

                                        Hillary Scott, Thy Will

                                        Marty Haugen, Shepherd Me, O God

                                        Bob Hurd, Shelter Me, O God

                                        Michael W. Smith, Breathe

 

   

                                   Here are some things to think about during your prayer time.  They can also serve as journal prompts.

                                                 Where is God in the midst of my most anxious moments?

                                                 What might God -- or anxiety -- be trying to tell me? 

                                                 What does anxiety feel like in your body? in your mind?

                                                 What are some things that have helped you relieve your anxiety in the past?

                                                         

   

                                  Try this 8-minute guided meditation on anxiety from Pray As You Go.

                                   An Anxious Person's Prayer from Ignatian Spirituality.   

                                   Check out Anne's tips for praying with Scripture through the practice of Lectio Divina HERE.

 

   

Pick out a few practical anxiety-relieving ideas from the Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook created by the Wellness Society, and commit to                                          putting them into practice this week.  (The list of 75 distraction activities on pages 10-11 is a great place to star

The quarantine Sourdough  craze goes deeper than stress-baking!  Reflect on Finding God in Baking Bread from Ignatian Spirituality and,                                        if you are feeling ambitious, explore the recipes in The Art of Jesuit Breadmaking by Rick Curry, SJ. 

 

   

                                      Here are some more Scripture passages for when you are feeling worried or anxious:

                                      Isaiah 41:10

                                      Philippians 4:6-7

                                      1Peter 5:6-7

                                      Psalm 91:9-12

                                      Romans 8:28 

                                     

Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, offers daily reflections, and he recently did a series on finding God through Order, Disorder, and Reorder

                                      You can find a contemplative movement practice on the topic HERE.   

                                      If you'd like to sign up for his daily email reflections, you can do that HERE.

 

Learning to prayerfully discern God's will is a spiritual skill that can help us to feel less anxious.  When we are confident that we are                                                answering God's call for our lives, we feel freer to rest in a space of trust.  If you are interested in learning more about St. Ignatious'                                                Rules for Discernment, you can sign up for a self-guided multi-week online course on Ignatian Discernment from Ignatian Resources (cost $50) HERE.

 

The Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Chicago is offering periodic online retreats.  On 9/29, 6:30-9:30, Becky Eldridge will offer an evening of reflection on Living Anchored in Shifting Winds.  Registration is $30, and you can sign up HERE.

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)