Resources for Prayer and Meditation

Prayer LIFE

Looking for some inspiration for your prayer life? Need some resources on how to lead prayer for a large or small group? Interested in building on your prayer experiences? This section of the website provides printable documents, links to helpful sites, and various other content to enrich how we pray. 

Everyone is ALWAYS invited to join us for the prayer of the Mass - please see our Mass schedule on our Home page. Assumption has also formed a number of Small Church Communities -- groups of 5-8 people, who meet regularly in one another's homes to pray, to have conversations, and to share faith. Our Small Church Communities help to keep us all connected as a parish family, essential for a family like ours that has more than 10,000 members!  We also offer men's and women's Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) Retreats twice a year. Our commitment to personal and communal prayer invigorates the vibrancy of Assumption. Please contact our parish office if there's anything we can do to support your prayer and faith reflection.

"If anything was said improperly, if anything was done improperly, let it be as if it were done correctly." closing of an ancient Roman incantation; 3rd – 1st Century BCE, Iguvine Tablets

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will.” Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:26-27

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.” – Thomas Merton, 1915-1968

Prayer Personality and Other Resources

There are many different ways to pray. Some pray better with silence, while others pray with music and dancing. Some prefer to prayer by reading inspiring works while others prefer contemplation, meditation, or Centering Prayer. As long as we're not injuring ourselves or injuring someone or something outside ourselves, there really is no wrong way to pray.

However, it might be helpful to investigate prayer resources that match our unique prayer personality or inventory. Take a moment to take the Prayer-Personality Inventory. More resources will be added as they become available. They are not meant to define how we pray -- they are simply offered as reference tools to help us make the most of our prayer time. 

Because we continually change and evolve as human beings, our concepts of God and faith also tend to grow and mature. So, it's worthwhile to revisit these tools from time to time.  May you be blessed in your prayer life and remember that you are always connected to the full family of faith in the love of God.