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Ministry Offerings 

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  • ​For those who desire a deeper prayer life:

    • We look to learn from the gifts in our tradition: Lectio Divina, Ignatian Meditation, Contemplation, Colloquy, and Prayer of Silent Love, along with those natural movements from vocal to mental (interior), moving into contemplative prayer and differentiating the stages of studying, reading, reflecting in preventing dryness.

 

  • For those who desire to grow in virtue and holiness 

    • Sharing knowledge in practicing the Examen prayer and learning its foundational underlying principles for developing a reflective, discerning mind and heart, one grows day by day in noticing God’s activity in their daily encounters and their response. 

  • For those who desire to discover God‘s will for their life

    •  Introductions to Ignatian Discernment, a way of decision-making, and his rules of discernment of spirits for understanding the interior movements (consolation and desolation). 

  • For those who desire to sense more of the Holy Spirit‘s presence and/ or how to listen more attentively to how God speaks to each one of us.

    • I share from my clinical knowledge how God designed our brain/body and how our physiology;  and  about the faculties of the soul (intellect, will, and imagination) operate through our consciousness of the conscience ( the 'vicar of Christ within') in awareness, attention, intention, and affectivity.​

  • For those who desire a road map for healing, wholeness, and interior freedom

    • I share the ways and methods from the Church’s traditions, which scientists have been researching using advanced technology and psychosocial assessment tools to prove there are health benefits to such methods. These are methods to dispose the brain/body, thus reducing stress, yet the gift of healing is always through the grace of God. (Today, we find many applying those ancient 'methods', yet God, who is the ultimate focus and source of healing, is removed, thus ultimately leaving only the self in isolation, alienated, and in a deeper crisis.) 

Ministry Services

Spiritual Direction: What happens as we walk together

 

From the 2000 years since Jesus’ initial foundation of the Catholic Church and with the Holy Spirit’s guiding hand, our history with its Tradition and traditions of thousands of holy men and women, has gifted us today a treasure to learn from, to grow in holiness and into the person the Father has created us to be, and to help build the kingdom here and now and for the future. Within this treasure house of tradition, we discover our purpose and mission, for we are a link in a chain, set here in time and place to do His will.  Spiritual direction is part of that treasure of being accompanied by one who will walk alongside for a time.

 

As the one seeking direction shares, we both listen for the leadings of the Holy Spirit that emerge from within the heart from those deepest desires. Together, we notice, observe, assess, and discern to make an initial flexible plan on what we need to learn or take up for the journey ahead in discovering God’s dream of who we are and growing closer to Christ in holiness.

 

As I walk alongside you at this time in your life, here is my prayer: May you and all who you love and who accompany you in your pilgrimage of life continue to be blessed by God, now and in the future to come.

 

Yours in Christ through Mary,

 

Karen

General Information 

  • General Spiritual Direction

    •   1 - 2 x a Month ​ or less

  • Formational Spiritual Direction

    • Weekly Individualized: Limited Period​

  • Directed Retreats

    •  3 or 5  Day Retreats

    • 10-Week Ignatian Encounter

    • Retreats of the Liturgical Year

     

  • The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Retreats 

            8-Day Ignatian-based Retreat

            18th Annotation The Ignatian Encounter  – 12 Weeks

            19th Annotation – The complete Spiritual Exercises “Retreat in Everyday Life” = 33-Weeks

Hours

Monday to Friday

USA Eastern Time Zone 

Works with International Time Zones

Timing of Sessions

Standard ~ 45 minutes

Extended time available 

 

Fees per Session

General, Formational, or Retreats*

Healing Through Grace: Integrative Transformational Care*  

     

*per session fee based upon frequency and/or those on disability or taking the vow of poverty

Payments are accepted via Paypal, Zelle, Venmo, or Check

A Place for Practice Protocols and Plans within the Ministry of Spiritual Direction

 

As a clinician for neuromusculoskeletal conditions, I was trained to listen, observe, test, assess, differentially diagnose, and to conclude with a prognosis and treatment plan for in-office and home care or referral that also included after-care educational tools for prevention.

 

As a hospital-based chaplain, we were required to make a brief overall inquiry into one’s spiritual needs as it affected their health status using formal assessment models with open questions on one’s sources of hope, meaning, purpose, activities, and connections to others and with their belief systems having transcendent nature, then created a plan for a particular outcome in which brought in those clinical skills.

 

Yet within all those encounters, who was before was not just a patient in a physical or existential crisis who needed assessment and tools, but a person created and sustained by God with a divine nature that will live on into eternity, one who desired and was designed to be seen, heard, and known.

 

Therefore, you and I, together, will look into this part of your journey to help you asses and plan with the Holy Spirit.

A Plan for the Way of Life Towards Spiritual and Emotional Freedom to Grow in Holiness

 

Discovering the Beloved Self and God who is Love, loving

The Principle and Foundation

  • Who am I

  • Whose am I

  • Where am I going

  • What am I to do

 

Images of God

  • Relation with the Trinity

  • Experiencing being the Beloved Creation

  • Who is Jesus – human and divine – The Spiritual Exercises

 

My Blessed History

 

Freedom and Growing in Holiness: Tools

  • Freedom from Attachments

  • Virtue and Vice Retreat

 

The Wounds of Shame and Guilt

  • The Divine Mercy and Human Forgiveness Retreat

    • Walking into the Wounds with Jesus and Mary

 

Prayer

  • The Continuum: Vocal, Mental, into the Contemplative Mystical

  • Methods

 

 

Reflecting / Awareness

  • Daily Examen

  • Examine of Conscience

    • Particular Examine Retreat

 

  • The Interior Life

    • Prayer​

 

Discernment

  • Finding God’s Will - Decision Making

  • Discernment of spirits - Rules

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