Spiritual Retreat / Retiro Espiritual

Cultivating Hope: Living Abundantly in the midst of Difficulties

July 13, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Cathedral Center of St. Paul

840 Echo Park Ave. 

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Every person is a spiritual being. One doesn’t have to be religious, much less belong to a religious institution to have a spiritual life. Many people don’t know how to nurture their spirituality. Perhaps they are not attracted to a particular religious group. But that leaves them without tools to pursue their own spirituality.

The retreat next Saturday at the Cathedral Center in Echo Park offers resources for people to discover their own spiritual path through life’s difficulties. Life is difficult. If we want our faith to deal with real life honestly, we can’t whitewash suffering with religious platitudes. Neither can we share the despair that is the experience of many people who claim no faith.

The “Cultivating Hope” retreat will combine body prayer, singing, teaching and meditating on some Hebrew Psalms as a way to equip us to make our faith work in real life. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross offered a structure for dealing with grief. Several millennia earlier, Hebrew poets also provided a form of lament. One difference is that the Psalms assume someone is listening to my lament. Thus, these Psalms offer resources and clues whereby the practice of faith may receive, shape, and cope with the difficulties of life that shatter, alienate, and destroy. Praying the Psalms helps give shape to life’s difficulties so we may face them with the tools of faith. 

Life’s difficulties always affect us in some part of the body. It is important to be conscious of our bodies. Employing the resources of yoga and Tai Chi, we will do some “body prayer” exercises to connect our bodies, minds, souls and spirits.

Please join us for this experience of quiet learning to enhance your spiritual life. The retreat is offered at no cost.

For further information, please call Father Frank Alton at (213) 482-2040 ext. 101.

Cultivando Esperanza: Viviendo la abundancia en medio de las Dificultades

Julio 13, 2013 de 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

El Centro Catedral de San Pablo

840 Echo Park Ave. 

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Cada persona es un ser espiritual. Uno no tiene que ser religioso, mucho menos pertenecer a una institución religiosa para tener una vida espiritual. Muchas personas no saben como cultivar su espiritualidad. A lo mejor no están atraídos a una religión en particular, pero eso las deja sin las herramientas para buscar su propia espiritualidad.

El retiro este próximo sábado en el Centro Catedral de San Pablo en Echo Park, ofrece recursos para que la gente pueda descubrir su propio camino espiritual a través de las dificultades de la vida. La vida es difícil. Si queremos que nuestra fe nos ayude honestamente en la vida real, no podemos blanquear el sufrimiento con obviedades religiosas. Tampoco podemos compartir la desesperación que es la experiencia de mucha gente que no se identifican con ninguna tradición religiosa.

El retiro “Cultivando Esperanza” ofrecerá una combinación de oración corporal, cantos, enseñanzas y meditaciones en algunos salmos Hebreos como una manera de capacitarnos a hacer nuestra fe funcionar en la vida real. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross ofrecio una estructura para poder tratar nuestras penas. Varios milenios antes, poetas Hebreos también proporcionaron una forma de lamento. Así que, estos salmos ofrecen recursos y pistas por los cuales la práctica de fe pueda recibir, formar, y afrontar las dificultades de la vida que rompen, ofenden, y destruyen. Orando los salmos ayuda a darle forma a las dificultades de la vida para que podamos confrontarlas con las herramientas de la fe.

Las dificultades de la vida siempre nos afectan en alguna parte de nuestro cuerpo. Por eso es importante estar consientes de nuestro cuerpo. Empleando los recursos de Yoga y Tai Chi, haremos un ejercicio de “oración corporal” para conectar nuestros cuerpos, mentes, almas, y espíritus.

Por favor acompáñenos en esta experiencia de aprendizaje para enriquecer nuestra vida espiritual. El retiro se ofrece a sin costo ninguno.

Para más información, por favor llame al Padre Frank Alton al (213) 482-2040 ext. 101.

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