It’s February! I’ve settled into a few daily “must reads” and two of them are based on Ignatian Spirituality. It helps me to focus each day when I start off reading to the day’s Gospel reading. With that in mind, I use the book Sacred Space: The Prayer Book from the Irish Jesuits. Each week there is a focus used for the week. I like this because sometimes it takes time for things to sink in and so the repetition is helpful. It also draws you more deeply into prayer.
The prayer begins time begins with entering God’s presence, leads you to think about your day, and then you read the Gospel. There is a prompt after that to help you begin talking to God about what you have encountered in the reading and then a closing prayer. The length of the prayer time is up to you. You can simply read what has been written and be brief in your personal prayer, allowing the reading to sit in the back of your mind where you can turn to it during the day. Or you may spend extended time praying. I like the flexibility of the prayer and find it useful to help keep me less distracted during prayer.
The other book is an Ignatian book of days by Jim Manney. It has 365 daily reflections based on the wisdom of St. Ignatius. In it you will find an excerpt from an Ignatian source, be it a Jesuit saint, priest, or Ignatius himself. There is a reflection question and my favorite thing of all, space to write in the book!
Both books are from Loyola Press and I highly recommend them to use in your daily prayer!