A "taste" of the Ignatian way of praying in everyday life will be offered staff and faculty again this spring during "28 Days of Guided Prayer."
The 28 Days retreat will provide participants with suggestions for daily individual prayer and weekly spiritual guidance with an experienced spiritual director.
28 Days is a "middle ground" between the Twilight or weekend retreats and the eight-month Bridges program. It can be made in the quiet of one's home at a time that is convenient. It also provides an introduction to Ignatian prayer and the Christian practice of spiritual direction.
Spiritual direction is a centuries-old practice of meeting with one who is experienced in a life of prayer and a relationship with God in order to become more aware of God's presence in one's life.
The retreat offers the opportunity to speak with an experienced spiritual director in a confidential, one-on-one setting about one's personal relationship with God.
A director listens with a welcoming, non-judgmental presence and can help one become more attentive to God's activity in one's life. The retreat also offers an opportunity to explore new ways of praying and an introduction to Ignatian spirituality.
Retreatants are asked to pray for at 20-30 minutes each day and to meet individually with a spiritual director for about 45 minutes during each of the four weeks. These meeting times will be scheduled at three convenient times during the workday.
An opening session is planned for March 21 and the retreat will close with Mass and evaluation on April. Both will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier College Church. Lunch will be provided.
Cost for the retreat is $25. It is sponsored by Mission and Ministry.