Blessings and Prayers for Married Couples: A Faith Full Love by Isabel Anders
Ligouri Press, 2011
A resource for encouraging married couples to engage in the spiritual discipline of daily prayer as a means of affirming the blessings and intimacy of their relationship. Scripture, reflections, and questions to reflect on in this inspiring book provide an aid for continuing to find praying together a natural and enjoyable habit for a lifetime of love.
To Have and to Hold: A Daily Marriage Devotional by Barbara Canale
Ligouri Press, 2014
This 365-day devotional help couples to prioritize prayer together. Each day’s combination of a Scripture passage; a pertinent, heartfelt prayer; and thought-provoking reflection inspires couples to pray together about relevant topics.
Spousal Prayer: A Way to Marital Happiness by James Keating
The Institute for Priestly Formation, 2013
Deacon James Keating explains how marriage is not a self-help relationship but rather a deep partnership with Christ. Married couples are not supposed to do all the work of love; they should let Jesus live his spousal love for the Church over again in their own love for one another by simply asking him in prayer to do so, and by sharing their needs and desires with him. A Spanish edition is also available.
Prayers at Meals by Michael Kwatera, O.S.B., and Dietrich Reinhard, O.S.B.
The Liturgical Press (©The Order of St. Benedict), 1983
This booklet of prayers for before and after meals is especially suitable for families, with each prayer divided into segments to be spoken by “Leader” and “All.” Conveniently arranged by liturgical season.
Word on Fire
A beautiful site to explore Catholicism and its relevance to the world today. Founded by Fr. Robert Barron, Word on Fire, offers online videos, homilies, blogs, study programs, articles, and books for anyone seeking to understand what the Church offers to deepen and enrich the contemporary world.
The supreme prayer of the Church is Holy Mass. It is the source and summit of our Faith Mass Explained is a website that can help you pray the Mass more deeply and with fuller understanding.
The Daily Readings
Meditating on the daily Mass readings is a very fruitful and time-honored spiritual practice. You can find these readings online, including in audio, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.
You can also obtain the daily prayers and readings of the Mass in booklet form along with wonderful reflections, beautiful religious art, and other resources by subscribing to Magnificat. The children’s edition of Magnificat can help you prepare your children for Sunday Mass and make it more meaningful for them in a fun and easy way.
Sunday Mass Preparation
Another fruitful practice is to prepare for Sunday Mass by reflecting on the readings in advance. St. Louis University has a website that can provide you with a lot of information about the Bible readings along with guidance in prayer.
The Divine Office
Our Lord instructed us to “pray always.” The Church has followed this injunction for centuries by daily praying the Liturgy of the Hours, also called the Divine Office. Some religious sisters and brothers; all deacons, priests, and bishops; and the Pope are required to pray this office daily. Laity are encouraged to join in. These prayers and readings can be found at this site.
Pray as You Go
This site provides daily downloadable prayers, and other prayer resources based on Ignatian spirituality as a way of developing your personal prayer life.
Lectio Divina is an ancient approach to prayer that begins with a slow and thoughtful reading of a scripture passage, leading to deep contemplation and communion with God. This site gives instructions on how to do lectio, along with daily selections and guidance.
Saint of the Day
Among the great treasures of the Church are the thousands of holy men and women who lived lives of extraordinary virtue and holiness. They can be models for us as well as powerful intercessors with the Lord on our behalf. Learn about a new saint every day, and be inspired and supported.
The Rosary is a very popular devotion to the Virgin Mary, particularly in the Western Church. It was the favorite prayer of Saint John Paul II and many other holy people. This site offers instructions on how to pray the Rosary.