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Contemplative Leaders in Action gives young adults chance to develop leadership through an Ignatian lens

Third-grade students ended the day with the Examen prayer at Incarnate Word School in Chesterfield on May 21. Teacher Mary Staten began using the technique, a prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern His direction, twice a week in her class as part of her participation in the Contemplative Leaders in Action program.

At the end of the day, when students are ready to clean off their desks and pack their bags, third graders at Incarnate Word School in Chesterfield take a few minutes to reflect on their day.

During Lent, teacher Mary Staten introduced to her students the Examen, a prayer method developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to review a person's day in the presence of God. The five-step method includes asking for God's grace to see His presence, giving Him thanks, reviewing the day's events, seeking forgiveness for wrongdoing and making a resolution for the next day.

Ignatian Spirituality Retreats help homeless find spiritual backing to help them through challenges

Delnita McGhaw was homeless when she attended an Ignatian Spirituality Project retreat, which provides homeless people with hope that leads to long-lasting transformation. “The exercises stimulate your spiritual inner being,” she said. “I didn’t know you could have a moment alone with God.”

Alcohol eventually led Delnita McGhaw to homelessness. She found help through a women's shelter, which referred her to St. Patrick Center for treatment. There, she learned about a spiritual retreat for women.

"I didn't really know what it was," she said. At that time, her only sense of God was found in a bottle of alcohol. Abused by her father as a child, McGhaw said she "had no self-worth, no self-esteem, no nothing. I just had a love for that bottle and that's all."

The Next Chapter

Back in the day, retirement planning seemed largely non-existent or rudimentary at best.

Most folks went to work Friday for a cake send-off, then clocked out forever. End of story — except many people woke up in a panic the following Monday, wondering, "What am I going to do now!?"

The St. Louis University Office of Mission and Identity will help answer that question, with a new program designed specifically for soon-to-be retirees or recent retirees.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Ignatian spirituality sees the grandeur of God in everyday life

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson distributed communion during Mass at the Catholic Women for Christ Conference. More than 800 women attended the conference Jan. 25 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been blessed with the ministry of Jesuits for so long that we risk taking them for granted. Before this territory was settled, Jesuit missionaries traveled down the Mississippi River evangelizing and teaching Native Americans and the settlers who were this region's early pioneers. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to these courageous Jesuit missionaries. Not only did they help establish the Church here, they brought with them a distinctive spirituality that has strongly influenced the way our faith has been understood and lived here for more than 200 years.

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