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Fr. David Ayotte, Center Director & Associate Pastor | | (310) 566-1504

Welcome to the St. Monica Spirituality Center. The Center exists to provide opportunities for individuals to deepen their relationship with Christ through a variety of experiences based on Catholic spirituality. As you review each program, see each as an opportunity and take note of what moves your heart both towards greater healing and inspiration. 

 

If you would have any questions or need further information, contact us at the Center. 

 

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Programs of the Spirituality Center 

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  • Spiritual Chats

     

    Meet a single time with a trained spiritual director to explore a specific area of your prayer life, understanding of God, and/or a topic concerning your faith life.

     

    Sometimes an event in one’s life raises questions about how we understand God, and who God might be.  A meeting with a trained spiritual director can provide insight as to where to look for resources, what to do in prayer, and sometimes simply encouragement as to God’s loving presence on the journey.

     

    If you might be interested in a one-on-one meeting distinct from other opportunities for confession/reconciliation with a priest, give us a call at the Center. No fee or donation is needed. Simply mention your interest in scheduling a “spiritual chat."

     

  • Retreats

     

    Experience a day and/or weekend opportunity with others to explore various themes of the spiritual life.

     

    Attending a Spiritual retreat is time set apart to be in quiet and solitude with God. Retreats remove us from the distraction and noise in our lives into a place of spiritual renewal and refreshment. It is a way to experience a deepening of faith, an ongoing conversion and an entering into the presence of God and allowing him to nourish our hearts and our minds. The Catholic Encyclopedia describes the necessity of such retreats: “In the fever and agitation of modern life, the need of meditation and spiritual repose impresses itself on Christian souls who desire to reflect on their eternal destiny, and direct their life in this world towards God.”

    Why should I attend a Retreat?
    ♦ Find strength and inspiration
    ♦ Work though a challenge
    ♦ Learn the Bible better
    ♦ Strengthen/examine your faith
    ♦ Get away from the business and think, relax and take care of self – nurture self
    ♦ Gain perspective
    ♦ Partake in and enjoy the Sacraments in a relaxed, unhurried setting
    ♦ Renew your energy
    ♦ Keep priorities straight
    ♦ Hear God’s voice in your life
    ♦ Be your joyful, rested, confident self for yourself and others around you
    ♦ Remember, again, that you never walk alone
    ♦ Seek guidance in life (from God and trained spiritual directors)
    ♦ Have faith affirmed by others of like minds
    ♦ Discover new ways to worship and pray
    ♦ Experience growth by exploring a unique yearly theme
       Retreats Calendar
     JustFaith - prerequisite required September 18, 2021 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Men's Cornterstone Reunion September 11, 2021

    9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Primtetime Retreat October 16, 2021 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    YMA Retreat Series

    November 5, 2021

    November 6, 2021

    November 7, 2021

    12:00- 10:00 p.m.

    7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Advent Morning Retreat with Jim Finley December - TBD  
    Healing of Heart and Mind

    January - TBD

     
    Thirities Through Forties Ministry Retreat January 15, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Primetime Retreat January 22, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    JustFaith - prerequisite required January 29, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Men's Cornerstone Retreat February 4-5, 2022  
    Women's Cornerstone Retreat February 25-26, 2022  
    Lenten Morning Retreat with Jim Finley March - TBD  
    Thirties Through Forties Ministry Retreat March 26, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Primetime Retreat April 2, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    JustFaith - prerequisite required April 16, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    First Eucharist Retreat April 23, 2022 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    YMA Spring Retreat May 6-8, 2022  
    GLO LGBTQ+ Outreach Ministry Retreat May 21, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Health Ministry Retreat

    June - TBD  

     

     

     

     

    Retreats to be Scheduled:

    Marriage Retreat

    Family Retreat

    Silent Retreat

     

  • Speakers on Catholic Spirituality

     

    Attend a monthly talk on specific themes reflecting some of the spiritual wisdom of Catholic spirituality.

     

    “What zest life acquires when we allow ourselves to be filled by the love of God!” -Pope Francis

     

    Our Speaker Series is an effort to respond to our adult yearnings for lifelong faith formation…to be filled by the love of God!

     

    It calls us wanting more and desiring a deeper understanding of who we are as Adult people of faith.  Our Speaker events offer opportunities for inspiration, prayer, personal spiritual engagement, grace and fellowship with guest speakers who will guide us in better understanding and integrating our daily life to our life of faith.  Pope Francis reminds us that God is continually waiting for us.   Come and journey with God!!

    Quotes from Pope Francis calling us to journey with God:

    ♦“We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit, so that the love of God may warm our hearts.”

     

    ♦“Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.”

     

    ♦“Our deepest joy comes from Christ: remaining with him, walking with him, being his disciples.”

     

    ♦“We cannot live as Christians separate from the rock who is Christ. He gives us strength and stability, but also joy and serenity.”

    Check Back Soon for our Speaker Series Offerings!

     

  • About the Spiritual Exercises

    Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises

     

    During the 1530s, St. Ignatius Loyola began writing about the emotions that took hold of him — feelings of gratitude and anguish, consolation and sadness — while encountering the scriptures. Those meditations eventually became the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, first published in 1548.

     

    The Spiritual Exercises is a compilation of meditations, prayers, and other contemplative practices. It is not like other classics in Western spirituality that are typically read from beginning to end. It is more like a handbook, especially for use by spiritual directors who accompany and guide people through this dynamic process of reflection.

    -Taken from Jesuit West Province, June 2021.

     

  • Resources

     

    Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises

    Brackley, Dean, ​The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times, ​Crossroad Publishing Company, 2004.

     

    Conroy, Maureen R.S.M., ​The Discerning Heart: Discovering a Personal God, Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1993.

     

    Dyckman, Katherine M., SNJM; Garvin, Mary, SNJM; Liebert, Elizabeth, SNJM; The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women​, New York: Paulist Press, 2001.

     

    English, John J., S.J., ​Spiritual Freedom,​ 2nd Ed., Chicago: Loyola Press, 1995. Fleming, David, S.J., ​Like the Lightning: Dynamics of the Ignatian Exercises​: St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Source, 2004

     

    Ignatius of Loyola, ​Autobiography, O’Connor, J.F.X., S.J., New York: Benzinger Brothers, 1900. Go to: https://archive.org/details/stignatiusautobi00ignauoft

     

    O’Brien, Kevin, S.J., ​The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, ​Chicago: Loyola Press, 2011.

     

    Savary, Louis M., ​The New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,​ New York: Paulist Press, 2011.

     

    Veltri, John, S.J., Orientations for Spiritual Growth - Vol 2: A and B.

    For Those Who Accompany Others on the Inward Journey, ​http://www.julianmaddock.info/texts/veltri/o2/or2a_bintro.html

     

    Additional Resources

    Aschenbrenner, George, S.J. ​Stretched for Greater Glory.​ Chicago: Loyola University Press, 2004.

     

    Barry, William A., and Connolly, William J. ​The Practice of Spiritual Direction. ​New York: Seabury Press, 1982.

     

    Cowan, Marian, and Futrell, John. ​Companions in Grace: Directing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola​. St. Louis, Mo.: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2000.

     

    Gallagher, Timothy M. OMV.

    The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for our Lives.​ New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2006.

     

    The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2005.

     

    Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making.​ New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2009.

     

    Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for Greater Discernment of Spirits.​ New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2007.

     

    Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture.​ New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2008.

     

    An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer: Scriptural Reflections According to the Spiritual Exercises.​ New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2008.

     

    Ganss, George E., S.J. ​The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: A Translation and Commentary​. St. Louis: The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1992

     

    Ivens, Michael, S.J. ​Understanding the Spiritual Exercises​. Surrey, UK: Inigo Enterprises, 1998

     

    Puhl, Louis, SJ., ​The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: Based on Studies in the Language of the Autograph​, Chicago: Loyola Press, 1968. On line website of this translation with interactive sections: http://spex.ignatianspirituality.com/SpiritualExercises/Puhl

     

    Tetlow, Joseph A., S.J. ​Choosing Christ in the World: Directing the Spiritual Exercises of St.​ ​Ignatius Loyola According to Annotations Eighteen and Nineteen​. St. Louis: The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1989

     

    Veltri, John, S.J., ​Orientations for Spiritual Growth – Vol. 1 – Collections of Helps for Prayers. ​1993 (Retreat Center of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
    Privately published on line by Julian Maddock: http://orientations.jesuits.ca/veltri_orientations.html​ -or- http://www.julianmaddock.info/texts/veltri/o1/veltri.htm

 


 

 

 

 

 


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