Welcome to Immersive Prayer

Thank you for visiting Immersive Prayer.  I offer these reflections, vignettes of poetry, art and meditations as a glimpse into my appreciation of Christ’s love and action in the world.  Perhaps these thoughts can be a catalyst to immerse yourself within the moments of your own faith journey and the joy associated with loving God, community and neighbor. If you would prefer e-book or paperback many of these books are available from Amazon. All proceeds will go to promoting Spiritual Direction.

Ephphatha That is Be Opened cover 1Ephphatha, That is, Be Opened is a compilation of daily Lectionary Scripture Reflections using the prayer of Lectio Divina for 2020. These daily reflections are available on the Immersive Prayer site for all three yearly cycles. Search can be used to find a particular reading.  A compiled version for 2020 is available in book format from Amazon on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle or in paperback.

Contemplatio Absconsa Mysteria CoverContemplatio, Absconsa, Mysteria: To Contemplate Hidden Mysteries is a collection of the classic Mysteries and 16 alternate mysteries.  “Besides the precis“e rosary pattern long known to Catholics, we can freely experiment. New sets of mysteries are possible. (Bishops Pastoral Letter).” Includes James Tissot’s art and Lectio Divina mediations. Individual mysteries are on Immersive Prayer or in book form Amazon on Kindle or paperback in large format and color.

Cover Inspired By The Living Flame of LoveInspired by The Living Flame of Love is a compilation of daily Lectionary Scripture Reflections using the prayer of Lectio Divina for 2019. These daily reflections are available on the Immersive Prayer site for all three yearly cycles. Search can be used to find a particular reading. Book format is available on Amazon on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle or in paperback.

Contemporary midrashs coverThese contemporary midrash’s contain scenarios, thought and exploration that have been assembled not to prove anything but rather to create a non-historical thought provoking perspective. A Midrash is an ancient Jewish prayerful interpretation and/or commentary on biblical text done in story form to assist in explaining scripture. My use of the midrash technique requires the immersion into the perceived life of holy characters done with research and prayer.

 

Although by Night is a compilation of daily Lectionary Scripture Reflections using the prayer of Lectio Divina for 2019. These daily reflections are available on the Immersive Prayer site for all three yearly cycles. Search can be used to find a particular reading. They are also available in book format on Amazon on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle  or in printed edition from Amazon.

Scripture Reflections CoverDaily Scripture Reflections using the prayer of Lectio Divina.  It is my hope is that by sharing them you may find resonance and think about your own reflections and what they mean for you as you read the related Scripture. They are listed in seasonal order from about one week ahead. If you using a mobile device you can get get to the seasonal groupings here or scroll further down for recent reflections.

Dipsao coverDipsao – I Thirst is based on the scriptural transliterated Greek word “dipsa­­­­­­ō” which means the state of being thirsty. Blessed Mother Theresa concluded  that Christ’s striking words are a prayer of an endless two-way thirst of both giving and receiving love. I have had my thirst satiated by countless Christ like people so I humbly share their “I” and their effect on me. These reflections are available in book format from Amazon on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle or paperback. 

This Via Lucis known as the The Way of Light and Stations of Resurrection celebrates and highlights the most glorious time in the Christian liturgical year, the fifty days from Easter to Pentecost. This Via Lucis variation uniquely considers the mystical presence of St. Joseph in our encounter with the living Christ. A suggested contemplative approach for this Via Lucis is to read the scripture reading then imagine yourself in each painting.

The Kingdom of HeavenGood and honorable priests who are committed to their charism and are exemplars of Christian holiness deserve nothing less than their Church finding ways to re-elevate them in the eyes of the world. A partial solution is to leverage their sanctity so they more deeply become “merchants seeking the finest pearls.” This call for Catholic Spiritual Directors is on the Immersive Prayer site and in book form from Amazon on Kindle UnlimitedKindle or in paperback.

Chanterelles in the Garden coverChanterelles in The Garden focuses a highlighting lens on God’s grandeur. This beauty takes many forms from a glorious swath of Chanterelle Mushrooms at a moist riverside in God’s Garden to interior revelations and discovery that take our breath away. Windows open to the truth and love of Christ. Each poem and reflection in this book includes an on-line audio version.

The Color of My Heart CoverThe Color of My Heart offers an examination of recollections that yield personal insights worth pursuing towards becoming a better person.  The title of the book is metaphorical language describing Christ’s Love as a common thread of our hearts true color. The Color of My Heart is Love.

 

A Moment for Christ coverA Moment for Christ captures moments of metamorphosis when there can be no explanation other than faith. When we allow these moments to unite with Christ we can discover how and what shape we are to become. 

 

 

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I wish to be clear that the thoughts contained on this site are simply personal reflections of my own sense of God’s love, grace and action in the world. My faith is deeply rooted in Roman Catholic teaching with special emphasis on actively encountering and living the Beatitudes.

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Peace and God Bless,

Jerry

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