EngagingSpirituality is a new program for adults who want to go even deeper into their relationship with Jesus Christ, the Church, and the world. Comprised of twenty-one 2½-hour facilitated sessions, EngagingSpirituality includes Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina (sacred reading), discussion, and the deepening of relationships.
Teresa Stanley, who completed EngagingSpirituality recently, says that before participating, "I think I was always working from my own agenda. [Now} I am disciplining myself to practice contemplative prayer and intentional listening that may help me honor God's wild dream first."
Like Good News People, central to this process is the Spirit-stirring that is revealed through the depth of sharing in each small community. Each of the three phases of this process is marked by a retreat or immersion experience. This includes one-day "street retreats," where participants awaken to the wonders and bear witness to the wounds of the world around them. One participant called EngagingSpirituality "21 weeks of amazing gifts. I have an ever-deepening awareness of God's presence in myself, as well as in the vulnerable ones around me. Each session was an invitation to explore more fully wiuth my Creator through prayer and in service. I have become more peaceful, mellow, and present with others. I'm blessed by how and where the Spirit has led me."
Many who participated in Good News People groups last year are planning on continuing this year with EngagingSpirituality. Although participation in Good News People is not a prerequisite, you may want to consider beginning with a Good News People group.
We have two new EngagingSpirituality groups beginning at St. Thérèse in October: