Resources For Digital Devotion
Many devotional applications and Web sites are available to support and deepen devotion and prayer for those unable to attend Mass in person (as well as those who can). Below are video materials, Web sites, apps, and podcasts that you may find helpful. There is also a selection books for your consideration.
Books and Video Materials
A selection of books (with online references)
Live and on demand "Mass online" resources
Shalom World Online TV Channel
Shalom World is a global commercial-free, 24/7, Catholic, family content TV channel. Shalom World is a source of informative, inspirational and vibrant content for everyone everywhere. Shalom World provides live and on demand material including scheduled live Mass events. It may be accessed online, via an app or via connected TV sets.
Devotional Sites and Apps
1. Bread 4 Today
A daily reflection app produced by the Redemptorists, Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.
2. Three-Minute Retreat
These brief but thoughtful virtual ‘retreats’ are based on the lectionary and are produced by Loyola Press, a ministry of the Jesuits in the United States. They are available online or as an app on your phone.
3. Sacred Space
The Irish Jesuits have been producing the popular Sacred Space daily prayers and reflections for more than twenty years, and they are now available as a convenient phone app.
4. Pray as You Go
Based on Ignatian spirituality, and incorporating music, Scripture from the Lectionary and prayer prompts, this audio app is designed to provide ‘a framework for your own prayer’.
A useful subscription based liturgy app for those who want to follow the daily liturgy during a streamed Mass or to pray the hours as part of their personal devotion.
6. Magnificat Magazine
A spiritual guide to help you develop your prayer life, grow in your spiritual life, find a way to a more profound love for Christ, and participate in the holy Mass with greater fervour. Magnificat is currently offering complimentary access to the online version of its prayer book, including the daily liturgy, saint of the day, spiritual reflections and prayers.
7. Loyola Press Prayer
Praying helps us find solace during stressful times. Loyola Press offers a selection of prayer resources.
8. Loyola Press At-Home Activities
Loyola Press offer a range family oriented at-home activities and downloadable documents.
Faith Forming Podcasts
To access any of these podcasts, use the podcast title as a direct link to the podcast via Google Podcasts. Alternatively, search for the podcast name in the podcast application that you generally use. Some podcasts may also be accessed from the podcast Web site.
1. Do Something Beautiful: Leah Darrow Podcast
Leah Darrow, former model and contestant on America's Next Top Model, draws on her experience in the beauty industry to expose the lies we are told about our worth being tied to our appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty in service to mankind.
When to listen: If you want it all. Topics ranging from dating to ethical issues, interviews with sports stars, pro-life advocates, Monday motivation, marriage, Theology of the Body with Christopher West, the saints, understanding autism and homelessness. It’s the all-rounder Catholic podcast for everyday inspiration and encouragement to live the faith in an everyday way.
2. UMD Newman Catholic Campus Ministry: Fr Mike Schmitz Podcast
Homilies preached by Fr Michael Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Catholic Campus Ministry.
When to listen: If you want to hear the Sunday readings broken open in a relevant and raw way. This podcast will feed your personal faith life, engage you in the scriptures and respond to the gospel in a real-life way. Fr Mike Schmitz has a true gift of connecting faith to life. He’s also super engaging and will take you on a journey, whether you’re listening from home, your car, on the treadmill or whilst you’re out and about.
3. Pints with Aquinas: Matt Fradd Podcast
If you could sit down with St Thomas Aquinas over a pint of beer and ask him any one question, what would it be? Every episode of Pints With Aquinas revolves around a question, a question that St Thomas addresses in his most famous work, The Summa Theologica.
When to listen: If you’re in search of some hearty (and witty) philosophical conversations that engage deeply with Catholic beliefs. This podcast hosts solid conversations around Catholic apologetics, engages with real-life, modern faith questions and offers easy-access into the philosophical treasures of the works of St Thomas Aquinas.
4. Catholic influencers Podcast
Fr Rob Galea and Danii Sullivan host weekly conversations with Catholic influencers to help Catholics go deeper and further in influencing our world for Jesus
When to listen: If you want to go deep into the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading. Discussions draw upon knowledge from biblical commentaries and personal stories in order to illuminate the gospel readings in refreshing ways. This podcast is an excellent resource to help prepare your heart and mind for Sunday Mass and you’ll no doubt take many “gems” from it into your own personal faith.
5. Divine Renovation Podcast
The Divine Renovation Podcast seeks to inspire and equip parishes to move from maintenance to mission. Join Fr James, Dan O'Rourke, Ron Huntley and guests as they take a deep look at the three keys of parish renewal; the primacy of evangelisation, the best of leadership principles, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
When to listen: If you’re interested in seeing your parish, community and fellow believers come alive in the faith. The “DR” podcast hosts passionate and honest chats, encouraging us to get real with where our church community is at, to vision big in the ways that we can grow in our leadership, personal faith, skills set and community in order to move our parishes from “maintenance to mission”.
6. The Word on Fire Show Podcast
Join Bishop Robert Barron for a weekly podcast on faith and culture.
When to listen: If you’re looking for an Informed, thought-provoking, reliable explanation of all things faith. Bishop Barron engages with even the toughest questions and realities that believers are confronted with today. He leaves “no stone unturned” and gives a deeply insightful explanation into how to navigate, understand and respond to some of the tougher realities and questions of today.
7. Ask Father Josh Podcast
Ask Fr Josh is the podcast where millennial priest from Baton Rouge, Fr Josh Johnson, helps listeners navigate the tricky times in life.
When to listen: If you’re one of the many looking for guidance in your real, everyday questions and dilemmas. Fr Josh shares from what he’s learned during his time as a priest, pastor, and friend as he answers real-life questions ranging from Catholic teaching to moral dilemmas to relationship advice. This podcast is heartening and encouraging and steps into the “grey areas” of Christian living.
8. This Catholic Life Podcast
With Peter Holmes and Beth Wells, This Catholic Life is an audio podcast about ordinary Catholics having a relaxed, informal, and genuinely searching conversation about current issues, the issues and hardships of life and what light This Catholic Life brings to these things.
When to listen: If you’re interested in an engaging Australian view on the world from a Catholic perspective.
9. Corona of Thorns Podcast
With Fr Peter Zwaans of the Brooklyn Park/Richmond Parish in South Australia, a podcast for Catholics trapped at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Nourish your faith with readings, homilies and Spiritual Communion.
10. Figuring out Families Podcast
It's in the family we learn the skills of living together. We first learn that we are loved, understood, wanted and cared for, and in most cases it's in the family we are formed to be who we are. But our biggest hurts, failures and tragedies can also occur within the family. For most of us we have to learn as we go. For over 70 years, Majellan has provided advice, shared stories of family life and helped family members deal with the problems that arise. Majellan has helped thousands with their family issues. Join us, together we’ll set about Figuring out Families.
11. The Furnace Podcast
A quick daily podcast giving people hope through the Heart of Jesus. Produced by Fr Josh Miechels from the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fairfield NSW. Fr Miechels makes a “real and lasting connection” with listeners drawing people to the heart of Jesus. Fr Miechels is presenting listeners with homilies that pack a day’s worth of encouragement and inspiration into five minutes or less.