Setting hearts on fire with love of God for the world!

Dear LIS Friend,

As a student of Pilates, I’ve learned time and again how important it is to strengthen my core so that my muscles perform with coordinated stability. However, there have been occasions where I’ve forgotten to engage my core muscles when performing activities and my back has paid for it. Just like core muscles, we sometimes overlook giving purposeful attention to the movements of our hearts. 

At this time of year, working out to get in shape is often a popular resolution. But what if we looked at working out to get our souls in shape the way St. Paul urges the Colossians? What if we made a conscious effort to “put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” with one another? How would our workplace relationships fair if we worked at strengthening our resolve to give our hearts space to move in a more harmonious way? How would our relatives and those with whom we live, react if we exercised forgiveness?

Working out core muscles strengthens the body to move in harmony. As Christians, we are being called to work out the love of God in any relationship we find ourselves to live in harmony. Workout love, workout kindness, workout forgiveness. My prayer is that this new year will be one where we each can be more attentive to the stirrings of our hearts. God’s design is that we “put on love above all else” so that peace can be realized among us.  

This January, LIS is offering several opportunities for you to work out your soul. This Saturday is a great opportunity to engage the whole family in some soul strengthening as we screen and discuss the movie Ratatouille . For those in ministry life we encourage you to consider our 3-week course on Ignatian Leadership which begins January 7th . Catholic Bible Institute, History of Christian Spirituality and our Spring Film Series are all excellent ways for us to get our souls in shape during the new year. For more information on all of these opportunities, please continue reading below.

Finally, please SAVE THE DATE  for our annual fundraiser,  Hearts on Fire  which will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020 . We’ll be honoring Dr. Ann Holmquist with the Hearts on Fire Award and Fr. Monty Williams, SJ with the Writer’s Award in Spirituality. If you feel called to be a part of the planning committee, please contact me at 714-997-9587 x105.

Peace and Blessings,

Lori Stanley
Executive Director
Catholic Bible Institute - Spring 2020
Those seeking to enrich their understanding of the Bible may now register for individual sessions of our Catholic Bible Institute or for the entire spring semester. Click below for registration and more information on each meeting.

Our goal for Giving Tuesday was to raise the remainder of our $25,000 challenge grant. We are so happy to report that together we have achieved our goal!

Your support allows us to fulfill the  Universal Apostolic Preferences  set forth by the Society of Jesus to guide us over the next decade by offering engaging programs that support communities in need. To learn more about how we plan to incorporate these 4 Preferences into our programming and outreach, please click below.

Ignatian Leadership and Discernment in Ministry
January 7, 14, 21, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lanelle Gordin, EdD

Deepen your Spiritual Walk in Ministry

Loyola Institute is currently offering a three-week series of interactive seminars. Participants will explore the Ignatian roots of spiritual practice in leadership and discernment. 
For more information and to register click below.

History of Christian Spirituality
Jan 2, 9, 16, 22, 30 and
Feb 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Br. Charles
Jackson, SJ
This course explores the nature, origin, and historical development of Christian spirituality, while examining in greater depth some of the most significant Christian spiritualities. Participants will have the opportunity to gain greater understanding of the past, present, and future development of their own spiritualities.

Finding God In the Dark  is a film series that explores aspects of the Spiritual Exercises. Based on the book of the same name by John J. Pungente, SJ and Monty Williams, SJ each session includes a film and discussion. 

Our spring series will be for adults only however we are offering a film over Winter Break suitable for all ages. We meet in the Spirituality Building from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Movie treats provided. 

Reserve your space today!
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Spring Film Series

January 25 - Stand By Me
Week 1, Exercise 2

February 22 - Almost Famous
Week 2 - Exercise 11

March 28 - The Quiet American
Week 3 - Exercise 2

April 25 - The Royal Tennenbaums
Week 4 - Exercise 2