3 Minute Retreat

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3-Minute daily retreats from Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry, invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.

Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience.I took some pictures of the slides so you could see how it works. It’s really simple and you either have calm, meditative music or not. I think the silence option is really nice, because it makes it possible to spend these 3 minutes in any public space. I have spent a couple of the se 3 minute retreats in the grocery store parking lot in my car, simply because that where I found myself with time, the quiet and the attention.But I also recently read an article about how people manage their time. It turns out a lot of us are not using our time as we perceive we are using it. In fact, we are mismanaging our time. So let me be the first to raise my hand and say, guilty as charged.I can actually believe this because I spend time for both work and personal enjoyment on Facebook. My guess is that if you are reading this, it is because you saw it on Facebook.

It’s part of the all or nothing thinking that plagues me. Unless I have the entire day free, with no tasks or work on my list, with childcare set up, I don’t have any time for a retreat. Either I’m all in like hermit or I’m just disconnected. It’s a struggle to find my middle ground.
Imagine my sheer delight, when discovering (through Facebook, naturally) the 3 minute retreat from Loyola Press. They are awesome! Available through the Loyola Press website, and also in the app store– for all your folks who love your iPhone like I do- it’s a series of slides that focus on a single thought through scripture, with focused questions for mediation and prayer. And it’s available in both English and Spanish!Maybe I am spending that hour reading about friends lives, their daily ups and downs, their family report, the news, searching for local events- but when I say I’m just too busy to spend any time in prayer on a certain day, I have to say, that’s not really true.Like I said, it’s an amazing little meditation that takes on 3 minutes (or more depending on what you need that day) and it’s available online or in the app store. You can even have them emailed to you! (Although, if your inbox looks anything like mine, you’ll probably skip this option.)

I walk around lamenting, “I’m so busy, I have no time.” The reality is that if you fall into the 18-34 age group, (okay so I’m a little beyond 34 but I just haven’t yet accepted that I’ve graduated into the next age bracket) you are potentially spending an hour of your life on social media.I have the 3-Minute Retreat app and its a great way to slow down, reflect on something deeper, and prepare for the day before delving into the emails and tasks of the day. The app is incredibly handy with lovely graphics and music to transport you. Kamaria It is a little oasis of peace in my day a chance to rejoice in the silence and refresh the heart and the soul. Angela

Some days 3 minutes is all I have for me. There is no better way to start my mind thinking and praising God for all the good he has done in my life. Jackie
Download Loyola Presss free app, the 3-Minute Retreat, for a peaceful prayer experience that helps you re-connect with God, re-center your day, and relax, wherever you are. Every day, the app guides you on a new bite-sized retreat filled with Scripture passages, soothing music, and reflection questions that you can pray at your own pace. Join the thousands of 3-Minute Retreat users who return each day to enrich their spirituality and rest in Gods loving presence.Thanks are due to the Loyola Press for all their work to help us learn and reflect each day. There are also many other places you can access daily prayers and readings, some of which are mentioned on our page about mass and prayers online. ‘Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience.’ Each retreat has a lovely picture accompanying it, and you can listen to the music audio if you want. The first screen prepares you by prompting you to pause and breathe.

It is followed on the next screen by a short passage from Scripture and then a brief narrative comment/reflection on the passage. Next come a couple of questions for your own reflection, and lastly a prayer.Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

Secondly, as a person in lay ministry in the church, it is amazing to me how quickly the action of ministry can take place of my actual prayer life. I experience God through giving retreats, through giving spiritual direction, and through my work with Charis; however, none of these are replacements for taking my own personal prayer time to deepen my relationship with God.
Each day during Lent, a variety of writers and organizations will be offering reflections on the 3 Minute Retreats. The short retreat are an incredible way to start your day and root your day in prayer! If you would like to sign up to receive 3 minute retreats in your email, please visit the facebook page.