Sacred Space is inspired by the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a sixteenth-century Basque, whose insights into God's working with the human heart have been of great assistance to countless people over the centuries and are found more helpful than ever today.
Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus - the Jesuits, and Loyola Press. The site originated in the offices of the Jesuit Communication Centre in Ireland in 1999. Within a short time, many other languages were introduced.
Using Sacred Space
It might seem strange to pray at your computer, in front of a screen or using your smartphone, especially if there are other people around you, or distracting noises. But God is everywhere, all around us, constantly reaching out to us, even in the most unlikely situations. When we know this, and with a bit of practice, we can pray anywhere!
We offer the pages of the site to guide you through a session of prayer, in six stages, including preparing your body and mind, and culminating in reflection on a scripture passage chosen specially for the day. The stages are:
The Presence of God
Although they are written in the first person - "I" - the prayers are for doing, rather than for reading out. Each stage is a kind of exercise or meditation aimed at helping you get in touch with God, and God's presence in your life.
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. For more information about this translation see NRSV.net NCC websites.
All other material on our site is the copyright of Sacred Space. The presentation, content and texts in use on the site have been developed in collaboration with the network of local language teams around the world. Permission to reproduce any material from the language versions can be directed to the local language editors - please locate the Sacred Space website information page, which can be found on the primary index page of this app.
This version updates audio settings and includes a number of enhancements for the text and name display.
Ratings and Reviews
Not a church goer
A private person am I. Generally I would not do what you are reading now. I do so to help and encourage. For me anywhere and every where is church. As I have the luxury of a connected device I am able to open this and be in a spiritual place with the gospel I read, believe and follow as best I am able. Every day. Me and my companion guardian angel, take several moments each day to be thankful for our lives and for ways we may be of service to people as they enter and exit our lives Thank you Jesuit for being there. All over this planet
I am a cradle Catholic. I found your app. several years ago and read it everyday!!! I find it deeply helpful to the start of each day. I like how you follow the Ignatian spiritual exercises, the small parts give me a reminder to stop and reflect as I follow the design for meditating. I really missed it while you were updating your app. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADING ME CLOSER TO GOD EACH DAY. I read the extra explanations you have and have benefitted from them greatly. I pray for you that your ministry may greatly be spread and that all benefit by your sharing God’s way and word.
Extending Retreat in Daily Life
It is a new concept for me to integrate my prayer life with my cell phone ... but since completing the Retreat in Daily Life last year there have been many times I would use the website when I was traveling, rather than pack my Sacred Space book. The readings are of course the same, but the inspiration points are many times even better (to me) than the paper version. Today I made it official by downloading the App. Yay! God is now in my pocket ❤️🙏🏻
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.