|Regnum Christi consecrated women who recently participated in a spiritual direction certification course through the RC Spirituality Center.|
Following is a testimony from Regnum Christi consecrated woman Jill
Preisack about her experience with a group of her RC
consecrated sisters participating in the RC Spiritual Direction Certification program.
are currently offered through the Our Lady of Bethesda retreat
center in Maryland. The certification program consists of five intensive
modules involving several sessions each.
“It is our hope to make
the course more available with an online component, as well
as offering the in-person courses more frequently and in more
locations,” said Lucy Honner, director of the RC Spirituality Center.
“But right now the whole course takes a few years
Click here to read more about the future
plans for the SD training program and the efforts to
make it more accessible for our movement members and the
Church at large.
by Jill Preisack
This is what was resonating in
my heart after a course on Spiritual Direction given this
past week for 34 consecrated women at Our Lady of
Bethesda Retreat Center on Virtue and the Life of Grace.
This “sense of wonder” comes from the reality that we
are given the opportunity to be instruments to help others
become aware of the relationship of divine love, abounding fount
of grace and intimate friendship which wants to flood the
heart and soul of each person!
The themes of the conferences
included: “Amazing Grace: The Wound of Sin; What Love Is;
Keys for Understanding Moral Growth; the Gifts of the Spirit;
and the Cardinal and Theological Virtues. The conferences were given
by Fr. John Hopkins LC, Steve Grundman Ph.D., and Rebecca
Some of the ideas and reflections from the
- helping people become more aware of being a
beloved child of God (Rom 8:14)
- grace is “power, friendship, presence
and dependence upon God”
- attachments are like “cravings” and reduce our
ability to love and be free
- virtue is the way to
a new vision and makes us free to love with
our fullest capacity
We also talked about how important it is
to make the sacraments more “experiential” in order to make
the effect of grace more vivid and tangible and the
need to “heal the image of God” in us so
as to build a deeper and more intimate relationship with
Along with these thought provoking presentations, we had times for
small group reflection, sharing during meals, and a few of
us had the chance to visit the Shrine of St
Pope John Paul II and venerate the relics of the
newly canonized saint!
It was a wonderful time of prayer, reflection
and renewing our mission to first seek a more intimate
union with God in our lives and then be guides
for others to be brought to a deeper relationship of
love with Him. What a sense of wonder!
For further information
or any questions about the Spiritual Direction Course please contact
Lucy Honner at RCSpirituality@gmail.com.