Hallow Creator

How Christian App Hallow Started

Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app that connects technology and faith and allows believers to personalize their prayer experience, is giving people a new approach for their faith.

The word hallow means “to make holy.” 

Based in Illinois, the app currently has 3.75 million downloads. Since its release in late 2018, it has guided over 100 million prayers in nearly 150 countries, per creator Alex Jones. 

In a phone interview with Fox News, the 29-year-old developer spoke about the app’s offerings, which combine technology and Christian faith, and how the idea came about.

“I thought they were super helpful tools to learn meditation within the comfort of your own home,” Jones stated, stressing that he’d formerly stray from his own Christian roots. 

Hallow started with popular meditation apps like Headspace and Calm. These apps were reportedly useful and enjoyed by Jones.

However, while using the meditation apps, Jones, a husband and father of two young children, claimed to have noticed something.

“Every time I would meditate, my mind would feel pulled toward something Christian,” he stated. “An image of the cross, or the Trinity, or the Holy Spirit, which I thought was very strange.” 

He started talking to friends, priests, and pastors – “brothers and sisters I knew who are deeper in their faith,” he said. 

“I would ask, ‘Hey, is there any way there’s some intersection here between this would faith thing and this meditation thing?” he revealed. “They all laughed at me and said, ‘Yeah, we’ve been doing it for about 2,000 years. You’ve probably heard about it. It’s called prayer.” 

Elaborating that he “discovered this rich, beautiful tradition of contemplative and meditative prayer” within the Catholic Church, he stressed that he also found “Ignatian spirituality, imaginative prayer – these things that I’d really never heard before.” 

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Jones Decided to Name it ‘Hallow’

Soon enough, he was googling “Lectio Divina” – a Latin phrase that translates to “divine reading.” It’s a meditative means of reading scriptures in which readers open themselves to God’s words, the Hallow website says. 

“Hallow” was the word that shined through to Jones as he attempted Lectio Divina. It was from the Lord’s Prayer. 

“It just changed my life – it brought me to tears,” stated Jones. “It brought me back to my faith. It changed everything about what I value and the most important part of who I am.” 

Jones asked himself what was next. 

“Is God calling me to be holy?” he wondered. “Am I to be helping other people grow in virtue?” 

Later, he started to work on the first version of the app. 

“I knew how to code a little bit, and so I coded the first version of it,” he stated. “It was terrible, but I used it, and I thought it was decently helpful.” 

Some of his friends and family used the app, giving them memorable results.

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