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Along the Way: A Jesuit Prayer Pod
22 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Lent Ep 8: Easter with Danielle Harrison!
Our final episode! The very mighty and very holy, Danielle Harrison, Co-Director of the Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation Project, joins us to talk about how we have to hold onto our stories, even hard stories, to fully appreciate the Resurrection. What does it mean to be called by name? To be called forth? Take a listen! This is our final episode, listen to the end to hear our final message to you all, this beautiful community of listeners. We are grateful you joined us in laughter and prayer these months Along The Way! -Br. Matt & Damian
21 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Lent Ep 7 : Tim Shriver, Sr.: Palm Sunday
Br. Matt and Damian visit with Tim Shriver, Sr. about the significance of Palm Sunday. We explore what the story of Christ's passion reveals to us about us and the transformational power of Jesus at the center. Check out the Unite movement at https://unite.us and the book, "The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening." anywhere books are sold.
15 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
Lent Ep 6: Praying With Grief
There's a temptation to rush to the "after" but this week we sit with the sadness this year has brought to us. God can handle all of us, especially our rage, disappointment, and grief. We recorded this episode two weeks prior to the shooting in Atlanta yet it seems to fit. We pray for all those grieving these days. We pray you feel God close.
21 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Lent Ep 5: Pádraig O'Tuama: The Stations
Pádraig O'Tuama host of "Poetry Unbound" joins us from Ireland to discuss how Lent has changed for him and he invites us into his beautiful relationship with the Stations of the Cross. We discuss how bringing our joy and grief into our prayer practices carries us as we carry them. Go to bookshop.org to preorder the new American version of his book "In The Shelter" Also: Pádraig gave a 20-minute talk on the Stations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_o90DCQ6GQ
19 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Lent Ep 4 : Fr. James Martin, SJ: Lent as Conversion
Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of the New York Times best-selling book "Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone" joins the guys this week as they discuss Lent as conversion. If you like what you heard here: you can purchase Fr. Jim's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Pray-Everyone-James-Martin/dp/0062643231
17 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
Lent Ep 3: Praying with Being v. Doing
Damian and Br. Matt talk about the temptation of rushing into action rather than simply being. This Sunday's Gospel is the Transfiguration when Jesus' friends react in a similar way- rushing to "do." Damian leads our prayer and teaches us the Five Finger Prayer popularized by Pope Francis.
15 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Lent Ep 2: Prayer as noticing those who help us along the way
This weekend's scripture involves Jesus going into the desert. As we begin Lent, what is drawing you to God and what is getting in the way? Who helps minister to you? Lent is a time of intentionality, but even the "rules" of Lent can become more about our ego than about God.
14 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
Ash Wednesday- Creative Ways to Pray
The guys are back! Br. Matt and Damian share what Ash Wednesday means for them and offer some ideas on how to engage Lent this year for you and your family. As always, they end with a guided prayer about what helps and hurts our relationship with God. Be sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes throughout Lent, and comment to help us spread this pod around!
12 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Ep 8: Christmas Eve Eve: Getting up from prayer
Advent is coming to an end. This mirrors the spiritual life- after praying it is time to get up, blow out the candle, and live your life infused with your prayer. Damian shares the grace and challenge of infusing our life with our prayer and our prayer with our life. Thanks to everyone who joined us Along The Way this advent. We will be back for season 2 in Lent 2021! And remember, God loved you first. Let’s go forth today and live our lives as our response to that love!
13 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Ep 7: 4th Sunday of Advent
God uses all sorts of unexpected, crazy things to change the world... like unplanned teenage pregnancy. The guys discuss surprises and how we are invited to pivot according to God's plans, not ours. Just because we say "yes" doesn't mean it is easy.
15 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Ep6: Best Day Ever: Finding Joy + Gratitude daily
Joy week continues! Br. Matt, the in house joy-generator, shares his insights into how you can have The Best Day Ever. Today's meditation is looking for and celebrating gratitude and joy in the tiny, small, overlooked moments of your day.
15 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
Ep5: Gaudete Sunday! Praying with JOY!
Joy! Gaudete! Join the guys as they explore our call to joy this Third Sunday of Advent! Matt and Damian come to joy from very different places. Praying with joy can be hard. But like all healthy relationships, we have to be honest with God, the source of our joy, about what's going well in our prayer and in our life. Music by Borrtex. Accessed via FreeMusicArchive.org.
13 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Ep4: 2nd Midweek Check In: Praying with Distractions
The guys check in about guilt around screen time, challenges for prayer and creating space to pray. Matt, an extrovert, shares what it's like to be high energy and needing to pray. Damian, an introvert, discusses his joys and challenges and tips for praying. Damian leads our meditation: praying with distractions. Thanks for praying with us! "And remember, God loved you first. Let’s go forth today and live our lives as our response to that love." Music by Borrtex. Accessed via FreeMusicArchive.org.
13 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
Ep3: 2nd Sunday of Advent: Praying With Hard Things
2nd Sunday of Advent Br. Matt & Damian discuss praying with anger and sadness: feelings that can be hard to pray with. They discuss the temptation to avoid "hard things" in prayer and how relationships only grow from saying real things. Music by Borrtex. Accessed via FreeMusicArchive.org.
13 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Ep 2: Mid week check in
Damian and Br. Matt check in about how their prayer is going for the First Week of Advent. They share how their physical health informs their spiritual health and they introduce the Examen, aka the "Spiritual Glucose Check." They share the perils of trying to take on too much too fast in the spiritual life. Finally, Matt guides our meditation, inviting you to check in about how and where you are today. Music by Borrtex. Accessed via FreeMusicArchive.org
11 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Episode 1: First Sunday in Advent 2020
Welcome to Along the Way! We are Br. Matt and Damian, two American Jesuits, who hope to walk with you along the way this Advent. Br. Matt gives some thoughts on the readings, Damian guides our meditation.
1 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
What is Along The Way?
Hi! We are Br. Matt and Damian, two American Jesuits, who are excited to share with you our new project. Along The Way is a short, twice a week, prayer podcast produced by the Jesuits of Canada and the US. Every week we will guide you in a meditation. We look forward to walking with you Along The Way this Advent.
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