Prayer: Friendship with God

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”    -- Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

Ignatius of Loyola radically proposes that God desires a relationship with us and deals directly with each one as His beloved creatures.  This saint, mystic, and founder of the Jesuits encourages us to speak with God about anything in our life.  Jesus tells us, “I have called you friends…” (John 15:15) Prayer is the communication of relationship - a conversation between friends, and leads us deeper into relationship with the Lord.

This course explores key concepts in prayer: desire, grace, listening, imagination, as well as obstacles to prayer. Participants can expect to experience Ignatian ways of praying including the Examen, Ignatian contemplation, and prayer of consideration. 

The course will meet Mondays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on January 21, 28 and February 4, 11 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell, Texas. 

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Tuition: $40
Facilitators:
Cyndy Mathews

After working many years in the area of human resources and employee benefits, Cyndy retired from the corporate world and found herself more involved in the Church and ministry. Cyndy holds a Bachelor of Science degree and completed the Univ. of Dallas Catholic Biblical School in 2006.  In 2010, she completed a three year program in spiritual direction from Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality, in association with Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH.  As part of that program, Cyndy made the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises and felt invited to step deeper into Ignatian spirituality. Today, she serves as an area spiritual director and facilitates Ignatian prayer and faith-sharing groups, as well as takes others through the 19th Annotation retreat.  Cyndy has attended retreats at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House for several years, as well as retreat workshops and the Ignatian Foundations program led by Father Joe Tetlow, SJ. Cyndy has served as spiritual director for JVC retreats, and for individual five and eight day retreats at Montserrat. She and her husband, Jack, are the parents of adult sons and grandparents of two. 

Roberta Ward

Roberta’s experience of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life gave her a desire to continue along the path of Ignatian Spirituality.  She has attended trainings and seminars with the Ignatian Spirituality Institute and other locations around the country.  She is a graduate of a three-year program for Spiritual Direction at the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality associated with Franciscan University of Stuebenville, OH.  Roberta serves as a spiritual director, accompanies others through the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, and is a facilitator of Ignatian group retreats at the parish level.  She has served as spiritual director for individual 5 and 8 day retreats at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House and currently serves on the Board of Managers of ISI.  She is an LSU graduate.  Since retiring from the airline industry, Roberta continues to pursue her love of travel.  She and her husband Greg reside in Coppell where they are members of St. Ann Parish, are the parents of two adult children, their spouses, and enjoy the gift of spending time with grandchildren.

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Dates: 
Monday, Jan.21, 2019
Monday, Jan.28, 2019
Monday, Feb.4, 2019
Monday, Feb.11, 2019