Spiritual Formation Resources

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”

Psalm 27:4

Spiritual formation is aimed at deepening your relationship with God especially through prayer. This is the heart of all formation. Your personal vocation flows from your relationship with our loving Father, through His Son Jesus, in the Holy Spirit. There are many different ways to pray.  These resources provide some tips on how to pray as well as ways of praying. 

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1) Developing a habit of daily prayer

VIDEO: “Tips for Praying,” Fr. Mike Schmitz

VIDEO: “Turn off the internet, God wants to talk to you” Fr. Mark Mary Ames, CFR

APP: The Hallow App

Note:This app costs money but is a highly valuable resource. It has a free 14-day trial. You might like to try it out to see if it is something that helps you to pray – then you can discern whether it is something you want to spend the money on or not.

BOOK: Pure Faith: A Prayer Book for Teens, by Jason Evert 

BOOK: Habits for Holiness, Fr. Mark Mary Ames, CFR

2) The Examen Prayer

One way to get to know God’s voice is through practicing a prayerful review of your day. This practice is often called the “Examen” and has been practiced by many saints throughout the centuries. One saint who taught this prayer very clearly was St. Ignatius of Loyola. Below is a link to a brief overview of his method that is easy to remember. 

Resources for Finding a Spiritual Director

It is extremely helpful to have a wise and experienced guide on your journey of coming to know God, yourself, and God’s plan for your life. The following resources may help you in finding a spiritual director. 

WEBSITE: Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, by Daniel Burke, with Fr. John Bartunek, LC, STL

WEBSITE: Spiritual Direction Program, Marian Servants of Divine Providence