This contemplative retreat day will focus on the essential and healing properties of gratitude in the spiritual life. We will explore varieties of gratitude practice that aid us in what Adrian van Kaam has named “Appreciative Abandonment to the Mystery of God.” Gratitude nurtures within us the disposition of awe, and supports us in finding meaning and purpose in times of both ease and challenge. The day will include several periods of silent centering prayer, presentation on contemplative dimensions of the value of gratitude and exploration of intentional gratitude practices we can incorporate into our spiritual lives. You are encouraged to bring a journal, and invited to bring a small symbol/object of what most gives you life and joy. Lunch is included. Guided by Amy Kulesa.
Amy Kulesa serves as the Director of Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA. She earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work in clinical social work practice from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the Epiphany Certification Program from the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduate of the Practice of Spiritual Direction Training Program at Bon Secours. Amy is a Secular Franciscan and a Bon Secours Associate. She offers spiritual direction and enjoys facilitating retreats in which participants have the opportunity to discern the narrative of their own lives within the larger story of God’s abundant healing, grace and mercy.