3-Minute Retreat


Need a quick prayer or reflection to start of your class today? Check out the 3-Minute Retreat at http://www.loyolapress.org/. Previously found at http://www.findinggod.org/, the 3-Minute Retreat is still available at its new home: http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm.

The 3-Minute Retreats usually follow this simple structure:

1. The day’s Gospel
2. A brief reflection on the reading
3. Reflection question(s)
4. An invitation for personal prayer and a silent scripted prayer

If you have an LCD projector or smartboard to hook up to your computer, this can be a quick and easy way to lead your class through prayer. The classical music in the background can really set the tone for a nice reflection. However, it is really up to the student to decide how much to participate since it involves silent reading and silent prayer. If you notice students dozing off or being inattentive, ask some of them to read the scripture, questions, or prayer out-loud.

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