Author: Jesuit Media Initiatives (Britain), with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.
Summary: Pray As You Go is a free daily prayer resource that helps listeners enter into a reflective space, particularly amidst everyday activities such as walking, travelling to work or study, or doing routine jobs. A portable MP3 player is all that is needed. Sessions last for 10-13 mins and include a call to prayer, reflective music, a lectionary reading, well-spaced reflection questions, a repeat of the reading, and an invitation for conversation with God around whatever has arisen. Music is drawn from a wide variety of sources, and dovetailed in with the reading and theme for the day.
Evaluation: In both content and form, Pray As You Go helps listeners enter into the heartbeat of St Ignatius’ spiritual theology: an attentiveness to God, self and world within the ordinary. For the busy mum or dad, student, worker or traveller, this is good news—attentive prayer is possible not only in dedicated times of quiet and stillness, but also amidst the busy and routine periods in our day. While some discernment is required as the text can at times become over-personalised, it is refreshing to engage aurally with Scripture that is well read, and with questions that probe deeper spaces in our lives. Pray As You Go won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but for people who have ‘mundane’ time they could make better use of, it is well worth exploring.
Website: Pray As You Go (http://pray-as-you-go.org)
Reviewed by: Bruce Hulme
Lecturer in Spirituality and Practical Theology, MTC School