SPRITUAL FORMATION CENTER
The Three Pillars
The Three Pillars of the Ministry
Every step we take as a ministry is founded on these three pillars:
The inspired writings in the Bible guides our lives as true followers of Christ. The gospel stories, wisdom from the prophets, and the lives of Biblical characters enlighten our minds and hearts, speak to our unique experiences, give us joy and consolation, and draw us closer to Him who is Word incarnate. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and all our retreats and recollections all involve the reading of the sacred Scriptures.
Everything that surrounds us is a reflection of God. Through His creation we are able to feel God’s presence and experience His boundless love. Creation includes nature and all life forms in it, the natural forces at work, and the beautiful landscapes and sceneries that all speak of God’s greatness. The Eco-Spirituality & Retreat Center where we hold our retreats is our sacred space where one can connect to God. The silence and solitude in a beautiful place all contribute to enriched prayer life and greater self and God awareness which ignite one’s creativity. Creativity, in all its forms, is a big part of being fully alive.
Our psychospiritual approach allows for a more holistic view of the human person. Through the help of psychology, we can have a deeper understanding of human behavior and its physiological and sociological influences. As we talk about faith and movement of the spirit in each person, we also take into account some important considerations such as developmental stages, consciousness and unconsciousness, personality types, and coping and defense mechanisms.
The Four Elements of Spiritual Formation
Our spiritual formation programs has four elements that are all inspired by the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42.
They sat at Jesus’ feet listening to His words for learning and renewal.
Jesus, the Rabboni, encourages us to choose the more important thing—to sit at the foot of the Lord and listen to his words. The spiritual formation involves a series of spiritual teachings prayerfully crafted to inspire renewal of the heart and the mind. The teachings are designed to offer golden nuggets on which the formands can ponder.
The teachings are given at the start of every gathering. Each teaching explores a particular topic building on the previous one.
A community of friends and disciples always went with Jesus in his ministry. Together they sat, ate, and shared stories. The spiritual formation creates a community of pilgrims united by a common desire to discover and respond to God’s call. The community builds a safe space through small groups where everyone feels welcome and their sacred stories are held with utmost care.
Small groups meet after reflection time to share the fruits of their prayers and how they sense the Spirit is moving in their lives. Some formands continue to meet even outside the formal small group sessions.
A prayerful silence allows the Spirit to work in us. Jesus showed us the importance of solitude and going to a quiet place to pray. Whether it is in a physical space like a prayer room or a quiet corner in our hearts, we are invited to take time praying and reflecting on God’s messages for us.
Reflection questions are posed after every teaching to guide the formands during their quiet time. This practice is also encouraged as they read the required books and other articles.
The spiritual journey is best taken with a companion who can help us be more attuned to God’s presence and notice how the Spirit is moving in our lives. Spiritual directors accompany us in our walk, assist in relishing our God experiences, and guide us in our discernment.
Each formand is matched to a spiritual director with whom they journey until the end of the program year. They meet once a month either online or in person.
Explore our programs and see which one fits your needs at this time.
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Our Spiritual Formation (SF) programs are designed to help individuals know themselves and God more, find and follow their calling, and live their lives to the fullest.
This program has a collection of preached retreats exploring various relevant and practical topics. It is offered to those who cannot commit to the eight-month spiritual formation program but has the desire to deepen their walk with God.
Retreat in the Real World
Retreat in the Real World (RRW) is an 8-week journey adopted from the Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ and the more known Retreat in Daily Life (RDL), an annotation of the Spiritual Exercises (SpEx) of St. Ignatius of Loyola.