Our mission is to promote and support personal spiritual awareness and spiritual deepening through....
• PRAYER • REFLECTION • ACTION •
Spirituality – a Response to the Signs of Our Times
We are living in a world of tremendous change and contradictions – a world of great wealth and extreme poverty. Our Church, usually a source of strength seems weakened by its own sins and fragility. How easy it is in such times to lose hope. Yet today, in my experience as spiritual director of the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Santa Rosa, California, I find more and more people are seeking to find God. Undoubtedly God is speaking in their hearts and consciences, and, at the Center, I, assisted by my lay advisory board, am trying to respond to this need. Our mission statement reads: “…. to support and promote personal spiritual awareness and spiritual deepening through prayer, reflection and action…” Let me share with you some of the ways this is happening.
Today many are faced with life-changing decisions unknown to past generations. Responding to this the Ignatian Exercises with its inbuilt dynamic of discernment is central to the work of the Center.
For those who feel the need to do something more than just go to Church we sponsor a series of talks in Advent and Lent. These spiritual presentations center on the upcoming liturgical celebrations.
Others, wishing to grow in a deeper relationship with Christ are offered the Spiritual Exercises in the form of Annotation 19. They meditate daily and visit a spiritual director weekly from September to May.
Many are experiencing a hunger for Contemplative Prayer. We meet this need by sharing with them contemplative prayer according to the Christian tradition, with special reference to the teachings of Sts. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, and Thomas Merton.
We offer a Spiritual Book Club – ideal for people just becoming aware of spirituality and the need for spiritual nourishment. At weekly meetings participants share their experiences of the readings and become more competent in the area of spirituality and theology.
To walk with people on their spiritual journey is a wonderful but awesome privilege --- especially today when the hunger and need is so great. Jesus said over 2000 years ago:” The harvest is rich but the laborers are few….”(Mt. 9:37) How true that is today!
Sr. Antonia Killian, R.S.M., Spiritual Director
(A selection from ‘St. Patrick’s Breastplate’)
Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the mind of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone one who speaks to me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Christ in the heart of everyone who meets me.
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