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

Adult Playlist Rest and Rejuvenate with God

This playlist is filled with ideas to help you slow down, celebrate, and just be with God during these summer months.

This summer we are embracing the idea of Sabbath time -- time apart from our everyday responsibilities and routines, given to God.

Time to rest.  Time to rejoice.  Time to refresh.

May the offerings below help you move deeper into prayer, rest, rejuvenation, and relationship this summer.

 

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

 

Why not take a deep dive into praying the Psalms this summer? 

There are 150 Psalms altogether, so you could pray through all of them in a few months by reading a few a day.

Here are some Psalms that are especially meaningful for summer prayer:

                       Psalm 23

                       Psalm 27

                       Psalm 34

                       Psalm 46

                       Psalm 104

                       Psalm 150

And here are some more Scripture passages for summer reflection as you rest in God:   

                       Isaiah 40:28-31

                       Isaiah 43:1-2

                       Isaiah 43:18-19

                       Isaiah 55

                       Genesis 2:1-3

                       Matthew 6:25-34

                       Matthew 11:28-30

                       Luke 10:38-42

                       John 14:27

                       John 15:4-11        

Here are some blog posts with great ideas on how to embrace summer spirituality:

                       The Summer Day, a reflection on Mary Oliver's poem by the SALT Project.

                       Honoring the Sabbath, Honoring Creation

                       Keeping God Close in Summertime

                       Be Present

                       Four Ways to Rest This Summer

                       Four Ways to Recreate This Summer

                       Summer Rest      

 

From Franciscan Media: 

                         Is Self Care Selfish?

                         Tips for Savoring Life's Precious Moments

Here's what the Bible Project has to say about the Scriptural idea of Sabbath.

Father Mike Schmitz talks about the difference between striving and abiding: Are You Busy Doing the Right Things?

From Ascension Presents:  We've All Forgotten How to Celebrate.

Our Transfiguration Parish Staff takes you through our favorite Prayer Styles in this video series on our YouTube page. 

 

Michael W. Smith, Breathe

Needtobreathe, Testify

Audrey Assad, New Every Morning

Audrey Assad, Show Me

Matt Maher, Alive and Breathing

Steve Angrisano, Table of Life

Steve Angrisano, My Soul Is Thirsting

Steve Angrisano, A Rightful Place

Kari Jobe, Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest) 

Brian Doerksen, Enter the Rest of God

In the Arms of God

Awake O Sleeper

 

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

  • How can you open yourself to receive the graces and gifts that God wants to shower on you?
  • Take a moment to write down the gifts God has given you in a spirit of gratitude.
  • How do you experience Sabbath time? In other words, time that is separate from your normal busy routine -- time not to work, but to pray and rest.
  • What helps you feel at peace, rested, and in the presence of God?
  • What's one prayer style you'd like to experiment with this summer?
  • How you do experience a feeling of abiding with God, just being with God, with no need to do anything special?
  • What's one ritual you could add to your summer routine to help you grow in your spiritual life and relationship with God?

 

Here's a 10-minute audio meditation on self-awareness from God In All Things:  Who Am I?

Summer is a great time to embrace the Ignation Examen prayer to reflect on your day (or a longer period of time).  

You might like to try one of these versions:

                        10-minute audio from God In All Things:  Taken, Blesed, Broken, Given Examen

                        18-minute visual Prayer of Examen from Fuller Studios

Here's a one-minute reflection:  Reflecting on This Summer Day.

Three-minute retreats from Loyola Press:

                         God Is With Us

                         Follow the Joy    

                         The Heart of it All

                         God's Abundant Blessings   

                   

Download this Find Your Slow Summer guide from SALT Project, full of suggestions for making the most of summer spirituality. 

                         Click HERE for the digital verson. 

                         Click HERE for the printable version.

Take your pick of ideas to mindfully mark these summer months:

                         10 Ways to Savor Summer

                         Ten  Tips for an Ignatian Summer

                         How You Can Have an Ignatian Summer 

Just for fun, check out these 10 Hilarious Catholic Jokes from Father Casey at Breaking in the Habit (fair warning: these are MOSTLY PG!).

 

Spend an hour with Drawn Into Friendship:  An Interactive Art Retreat from the Jesuits.

God In All Things is offering an Ignation Prayer Deep Dive live 3-week course twice this summer via Zoom.

Pray As You Go has a series of 25-minute audio meditations on creation and nature:  The Earth Sessions.

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House has a great selection of recorded retreats available for purchase, including:

                       Called and Chosen (featuring Fr. James Martin, SJ and actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the series The Chosen)

                       Saying "No" to Give a Deeper "Yes"

                       The Whole Language (with Fr. Greg Boyle from Homeboy Industries)  

 

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