SEEL Portland is excited to offer the First Spiritual Exercises: Inner Peace in Darkness and Light, beginning June 12th! Registration is open NOW!
SEEL Portland invites you to a 6-week retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This retreat is an opportunity to experience one long conversation with Jesus and to accept the invitation of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to abide in their love.
Using the innovative book, The First Spiritual Exercises, by Australian Jesuit retreat director Michael Hansen, SJ , SEEL Portland offers the retreat:
Inner Peace in Darkness and Light
6 Sundays in 2022: June 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17
11:00 am – 1:00 pm (PST)
Online via Zoom
Jeanette Grimaldi, Retreat Giver
This retreat in daily life includes:
• 30-45 minutes a day of structured prayer from Monday to Thursday
• a weekend exercise
• weekly Sunday Zoom meetings with other retreatants, including an opportunity to share the fruits of prayer in small sacred listening group(s)
Retreatants need to purchase the book to participate
The First Spiritual Exercises by Michael Hansen SJ.
Paperback / PDF
Please plan to have your book by June 10th, 2022.
Come deepen your relationship with God!
Retreat fee - $60 for 6 weeks - https://seelportland.org/donate/
To register, please email Jeanette at SpiritualExercises.SEELPDX@gmail.com
Jeanette Brugato Grimaldi
We pray for communities that have experienced violence as they are traumatized yet again.
May we bear witness to their pain.
May their voices be heard.
May their wounds be tended with the balm of your love.
We pray for our lawmakers. Move and stir their hearts to lead with deep empathy. Rather than partisan politics, convict our leaders to prioritize the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of those they serve—including and especially our children.
We pray for our nation as we learn of yet another tragedy this month. It is tragedy upon tragedy and our hearts are overloaded. Help us to both guard our hearts and to keep them open so that we might find ways to do our part in bringing to life the world you’ve promised in the resurrection of your child, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
BELONGING & COMMUNITY AT
BELONGING & COMMUNITY…CONTINUED at St. Ignatius
There has been an enthusiastic and creative response to the inquiry about belonging here at St. Ignatius. Some of our parishioners have expressed interest in the following types of belonging:
Crafters serving the community (i.e. knitting/crocheting for the homeless)
Seniors arts & crafts or book group
Active adventures for seniors
Theology book discussion group
Scripture study/Bible study
Racial Equity & Faith
Faith & the Economy
Weekly gospel reflection group
Do you have other ideas? Are you interested in something above? Do you want to connect with people in your stage of life (newcomers, young adults, grandparents, parents with young kids, etc.) or even in your neighborhood (we have demographic data on St. Ignatius parishioners all around the metro area and in Vancouver, too)? Let us know what you need and crave, and we will do our best to connect you with others who long for the same. Who knows where it could lead? The parish can offer resources, space, or a platform for bringing small groups together. The options are endless, and the parish is happy to help in this work of building community. These don’t have to be fancy, formal groups! In fact, the early Church usually met in homes and today many small Christian Base Communities all over the world meet in humble environments where they apply the gospel to their circumstances and let the Spirit lead. Creating real communities of belonging is important work.
Send an email to Beth Schaller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being part of a small group and let me know what kind of group you’re looking for.
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As we prepare for the feast day of our patron Saint Ignatius of Loyola, this July 31st, SEEL Portland would like to offer a “virtue of the month” for the coming year.
The Spiritual Exercises are an experience first and foremost. The Exercises are also a powerful expression of prayer, a way of deepening
an ever-growing relationship with our loving Creator God and Creation, and a pathway to discernment in our everyday life. As we grow in our relationship with God, with others, with creation, we are also invited to grow in virtue.
July – the virtue of Reverence: Created in Love
Human beings are created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord. Spiritual Exercise 23
A grace of our lives is the experience of God’s unconditional love, revealed in Jesus, and poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This experience of God’s love is central to the Spiritual Exercises. Reverence is an invitation to dwell in the unconditional love of God, and an invitation to revere all of God’s creation.