Are our podcasts helping you to pray?

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On the St. Josemaria Institute Podcast we share weekly reflections by a priest of Opus Dei who, in the spirit of St. Josemaria Escriva, guide us in our daily life of prayer so that we can grow closer to God and become sowers of peace and joy in the world.

The podcasts aim to help you set apart time from your daily tasks to listen peacefully, to pray and to examine your life in the presence of Jesus Christ: to see what is going well, to see what needs to change, to give thanks, and to make resolutions.

St. Josemaria Escriva teaches us that:

“Our whole day can be a time for prayer — from night to morning and from morning to night. In fact, as Holy Scripture reminds us, even our sleep should be a prayer… But prayer, our life-giving nourishment, is not limited to one form alone. Our life of prayer should also be based on some moments that are dedicated exclusively to our conversation with God…

“This heart-to-heart dialogue with God is mental prayer, in which the whole soul takes part; intelligence, imagination, memory and will are all involved. It is a meditation that helps to give supernatural value to our poor human life, with all its normal, everyday occurrences. Thanks to these moments of meditation and to our vocal prayer and aspirations, we will be able to turn our whole day into a continuous praise of God… Just as people in love are always thinking about each other, we will be aware of God’s presence. And all our actions, down to the most insignificant, will be filled with spiritual effectiveness” (Christ is Passing By, no. 119).


  • Plan a time and place to listen to the meditation: home, commute, outdoors, etc.
  • Listen on your own, with a small group, or with your spouse and/or children.
  • Strive to keep an atmosphere of silence and recollection (avoid distractions).
  • Keep a journal: Write down moments from the reflections that strike you, as well as the thoughts, inspirations and resolutions that arise from your prayer and reflection. (If you would like a guide to journaling, click to download our Meditation Journal Page.)


Often, when we visit the sick or the homebound— family, friends, or neighbors—we are not sure what to do for them, how to comfort them, or even what to talk about. We know, however, that we want to show them our love and ask God to fill them with peace and joy. Here are a few tips that we hope can help:

  1. Begin by catching up on how they are doing and then, if they want, offer to pray with them: the Rosary or other vocal prayers.
  2. Pull out your smartphone and invite them to listen together to one of the podcasts from the St. Josemaria Institute. The reflections will help to turn your minds and hearts to God, to pray for each other, and to spend the quality time that you both want and need.
  3. You can rest assured that your visit together (45-60 minutes) will have helped to place them and all of their suffering into the merciful hands and providence of God.


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  • Deb Kaufmann November 15, 2016   Reply →

    Love them! Blessings, Deb

  • Sharon ODonnell November 15, 2016   Reply →

    I love the meditations on the podcast. Thank you so much

  • Maria Vidal de Vera November 15, 2016   Reply →

    For many reasons, I make my prayers with the podcasts. It is a wonderful idea .
    I want to be a regular contributor to Saint Josemaria Institute.
    Maria Vidal de Vera

  • Jon Bator November 16, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you all for the kind words. For Maria and anyone else who wants to become a contributor to the St. Josemaria Institute, visit to learn about the various ways to give back.

  • Lilia Ceballos, MD November 21, 2016   Reply →

    All of your podcasts are wonderful.
    Every morning, while driving, I pray, They keep me in focus.
    My friends talk about them; extremely practical ;
    make the Gospel come alive.
    My deepest thanks for all your work.
    Sorry for the delay to acknowledge your good work!

  • Barbara November 27, 2016   Reply →

    Thank yo so much for these podcasts!

  • Jeanne March 15, 2017   Reply →

    The podcasts are so helpful when too tired to focus, or have waited too late in the day to pray. They help me refocus .
    Thank You

  • Leticia Carrillo May 1, 2017   Reply →

    The Podcasts aré a wonderfull way to be closer to God. Thank you very much for them.

  • Juan Eduardo Iriarte Seigné-Prado June 16, 2017   Reply →

    Hello. My computer system does not have yet the sound services, so I can´t manage to pray with your beautiful broacasting of prayers and methods of how to pray. Meanwhile , I will try to go deeper, if possible for me, in the writings and teachings of the Founder. I am just an old friend of La Obra.
    Anyway, reading other comments around here , I realize this is a great way to get closer to God and to the neighbours. Yours.

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    I have used Podcasts to meditate even while on a steering wheel. They keep me and my traveling companions in touch with the most sublime teachings of the Catholic Church. Thank you so much for enriching the people of God through your Podcasts.

  • Lorraine Anderson August 22, 2017   Reply →

    I am SO happy with the podcasts. I look forward to receiving them and taking them to my prayer. I often share/encourage others to take advantage of these podcasts. A beautiful way to grow in the interior life.

  • Juan Alayo August 23, 2017   Reply →

    Love the podcasts. However, I do miss the regular iPray with the Gospel series. Will that be launched again?

    • Brenda Mc Gann May 13, 2019   Reply →

      Yes indeed thank you all so very much for the podcasts and the work behind the scenes to bring these very helpful and rich spiritual insights across the Atlantic and beyond…..Greetings from Dublin!

  • Teresa Enyinna October 4, 2017   Reply →

    It is very inspiring. It helps me a lot to pray better and more.

  • Marjorie Idems November 11, 2017   Reply →

    I really get a lot from the podcasts. The actual voice of Father makes the message come alive. They harness modern technology in an excellent way.

  • Debra Daly November 25, 2017   Reply →

    May God bless you for making these podcasts available to the world! They are a blessing and a treasure.
    Thank you!!!!

  • Beth April 14, 2018   Reply →

    Thanks for podcast it really helps me to pray

  • Jonalee Maslanka April 30, 2018   Reply →

    We are glad that you like the podcasts. Please consider becoming a contributor of the St. Josemaria Institute, visit to learn about the various ways to give back.

  • Jack Mukumbya October 18, 2018   Reply →

    These podcasts are simply great. They also follow the liturgical year so one can always come back to them every year in the appropriate season for them. However, I notice that after a while I get the message that a podcast is no longer available in my podcast app on the iphone. I have been trying to listen to the podcast from Nov 2014 whose subject is “November 1, The Feast of All Saints: On the Communion of Saints” .
    The message returned is “This episode is temporarily unavailable from St. Josemaria Institute Podcast.” Could you please resolve this for us?

  • Peggy Hendrickson November 17, 2018   Reply →

    Thank you for providing us with such wonderful, insightful prayer tools in these podcasts. They are a pleasurable gift to enable us to relax, as Jesus said to “rest in Him”. These are the epitome of that resting time with Him also being a good use of time.

    • Elia Rivera November 19, 2018   Reply →

      Thank you for your comment and for listening to our podcast, Peggy!

  • Josemaria January 14, 2019   Reply →


    The podcasts have been helpful in keeping a meditative atmosphere even when during the commute. Through it, listeners like me can contemplate and prayer inside the bus or train, or even when walking,

    • Elia Rivera January 15, 2019   Reply →

      Thank you, Josemaria, for listening to the podcast and for your comment!

  • Pradeep Thomas June 9, 2019   Reply →

    Thank you for the wonderful pod casts
    Can you please send me the link of the pod cast of the sermon on St. Joseph by St. Josemaria Escriva .

    Thank you once again

  • Audrey July 3, 2019   Reply →

    I absolutely love this podcast. I am often moved almost to tears by the insights of these wonderful priests and they remind me of God’s constant love and presence in my life and they inspire me to do more for Him in return. They remind me why I fell in love with Him in the first place. Don’t ever stop this good work which you are doing.

    • Benjamin Valle July 8, 2019   Reply →

      Thank you, Audrey, for listening to the podcast! We are happy to hear that the podcast has been an aid in your spiritual life.

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