Changed Heart: The Gift of Christian Virtue (Spring semester)

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What if God really does love you unconditionally? How do you accept and respond to such love, and why does it matter? This course will explore dispositions of the heart in a relationship deeply intwined with a God of the unconditional.

Christian virtues are the qualities embodied in Christ’s heart. In this course, we will seek to respond to Jesus’ invitation: What kind of person is Jesus inviting me to be at this moment in my life? What attitudes of heart do I wish to foster? Virtues shape the kind of people we are and they are the source of our actions. 

To be invited to changed hearts by the Lord is powerful. The course will help us examine our response through awareness and prayer. Participants will be asked to do independent reading, receive some input for consideration, and will have time for discussion during class time. This course meets 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. four Saturdays during Lent, which will meet every other week on the following dates: February 10, 24, March 10, 24 at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House.

Book:
  • Putting in the Heart of Christ by Gerald M. Fagin, S.J. (purchase via Amazon here, or Barnes and Noble here, or Loyola Press here)
Cost:

$15 - Registration (non-refundable, balance due at 1st class)
+ $30 tuition
$45 total cost

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Facilitator: Carol Atwell Ackels

Carol is the Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. A spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition and Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, she serves as retreat director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats. She offers weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everyday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats at Jesuit retreat houses across the United States. Carol regularly gives programs and days of reflection to parish and Church groups. She helped launch and continues to give workshops to shape persons, Jesuits and lay, who are moving into retreat ministry and Ignatian spiritual companioning. Appointed by the Jesuit Provincial, she served six years on the province Commission on Ministry--the group that discerns long-range planning for apostolic work of the Jesuits and their colleagues. Carol worked with Anthony Borrow, S.J. in developing the Toward Greater Freedom retreat for parents at Jesuit College Prep of Dallas, and co-authored with Joe Tetlow, S.J. the twelve week ignatian retreat, Finding Christ in the World. Carol holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and is currently pursuing a Master of Art in Theology and Leadership at Gonzaga University. She and her husband reside in Dallas and are the parents of five adult children.

Dates: 
Saturday, Feb.10, 2018
Saturday, Feb.24, 2018
Saturday, Mar.10, 2018
Saturday, Mar.24, 2018