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Faber Spring Series - Forms of Personal Prayer

Are you looking for ways to begin or renew your personal prayer life? Please join us for five sessions on forms of personal prayer found in the Catholic tradition. Learn more about how to pray and how to make personal prayer a significant part of your daily life. Each week our presenter will discuss a form of prayer and help participants experience it firsthand. Register at FaberCenter@marquette.edu or by calling 288-4545. All sessions meet from Noon - 1:00 p.m. A light lunch will be served. Join us for one or all!

 

* Praying with Scripture - Monday, April 2, 2012 / AMU 252

God has been concerned for each of us long before we became concerned for ourselves. God desires communication with us and speaks to us in so many ways: the Church, the wisdom of the ages, creation, the events and experiences of our lives, and of course through scripture. Our response to God's initial move is to listen to what is said. Using scripture is the dominant way of prayer for the Spiritual Exercises.

 

* Ignatian Contemplation - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 / AMU 157

Ignatius was convinced that God can speak to us as surely through our imagination as through our thoughts and memories. In the Ignatian tradition, praying with imagination is called contemplation. In the Exercises, contemplation is a very active way of praying that engages the mind and heart and stirs up thoughts and emotions. Through the act of contemplation, we place ourselves in the story of the scriptures to make Jesus's life more present to us now.

Fr. Jim Kubicki, S.J., was born and raised in Milwaukee. He has served the Wisconsin Province as vocation director, formation director and assistant to the provincial for Native American ministry. He is a regular contributor to Relevant Radio and other Catholic radio stations around the country and gives numerous retreats and parish missions. He has been National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer since 2003.

 

*Centering Prayer - Monday, April 16, 2012 / AMU 157

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God.

Monica leads a weekly Centering Prayer group and often facilitates retreats, prayer experiences and spiritual growth workshops.

 

*Lectio Divina - Monday, April 23, 2012 / AMU 157

Lectio Divina, literally meaning "divine reading," is an ancient practice of praying the scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the bible with the "ear of the heart" as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divna includes moments of reading, reflecting on, responding to, and resting in the word of God.

Sister Kathryn Ann was introduced to Contemplative Outreach in the mid eighties. She has served as coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Southeast, WI. She is a commissioned presenter of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer programs. Presently, Sister serves on the Lectio Divina Service Team of Contemplative Outreach.

 

*The Examen of Consciousness - Monday, April 30, 2012 / AMU 157

When his priests were so busy that they were short of time for prayers, St. Ignatius insisted that they use the Examen twice a day. In recent years, this form of prayer has been a daily recollection of God's working in our lives. The Examen of Consciousness has become a daily act of discernment in our day which teaches us to be more attuned to God's will in the present to become true contemplatives in action.

 

 


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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

The exercises are a pathway to recognizing God's activity in our deepest desires and growing in unity with God. Emerging from the experience of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, the Exercises provide a structured opportunity to mature in spiritual freedom and make choices that are responsive to God's call in one's life.