Although we know the benefits of having quiet, alone time with God in the beauty of nature on an actual retreat, we also know that sometimes just making time wherever we are for a "mini-retreat" can also be fruitful.
So this is why we have offered this.
These videos can be used for individual prayer or for a women's parish group study.
The "Let us Pray" Presentations brought to you from Heart Ridge Ministries
Praying During the Mass
Did you know that the Mass is the most important prayer of the church? So of course, we've included this topic in our conference about prayer, because although it may rank at the top of Catholic prayers, so many of us, very seldom pray "well" during this time. So why aren't we praying well? What can we learn about the Mass that can help us? And what can we do to help with all the distractions? Join Ed Sri as he steers us in the right direction.
Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and well-known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. He is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), where he currently serves as Vice President of Formation. He has written several best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Massand has hosted and produced many film series including A Biblical Walk through the Mass. He has of a weekly podcast: “All Things Catholic.” He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and is an adjunct professor at the Augustine Institute. He resides with his wife Elizabeth and their eight children in Littleton, Colorado.
Praying Like the Saints
Learn about 4 powerful women saints and how they prayed. Who were they? What were their methods? Which prayers did they say? In this talk, Michele and Emily will give you a brief overview of the lives of these four saints and then tell a little bit about their prayer lives: St. Zelie Martin, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross(Edith Stein), and St. Gianna Beretta Molla.
Emily Jaminet is a Catholic author, speaker, radio personality, wife and mother of seven children and Executive Director of the Sacred Heart Enthronement Network (www.enthronements.com). Michele Faehnle is also an author, speaker, and wife. She is mother of 4 and a school nurse Together they have co-authored the award-winning book, Divine Mercy for Momsand The Friendship Project published by Ave Maria Press and their third book will be published soon with the Marian Fathers. Their newest book to be released in 2020 is about prayer. They serve on the Board of Directors for the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference.
Praying with Gratitude
What does it mean to live gratitude? How does this affect our prayers and our outlook on life? With all the recent buzz about living with more gratitude, Susan Muto shows that for the Christian, being thankful goes much deeper than just acknowledging our blessings. It's a way of life that starts with prayer. She also gives some practical tools to begin to experience a more joy-filled, appreciative life.
Susan Muto, Ph.D., executive director of the Epiphany Association and a native of Pittsburgh, is a renowned speaker, author, teacher, and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality. A single laywoman living her vocation in the world and doing full-time, church-related ministry in the Epiphany Association, she has led conferences, seminars, workshops, and institutes throughout the world. Her book about gratitude is Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-filled Life by Ave Maria Press.
Praying through suffering
Suffering has the ability to draw us closer to God in prayer. How do you pray when things are going downhill? Do you turn your back on God? Is shouting at God a type of prayer? Mary Lenaburg experienced deep suffering and loss. (And she still has the pain.) Through her story, she shares her journey back to God and how prayer was and is the foundation for this relationship.
Mary Lenaburg is a full-time author and Catholic speaker who has given keynotes at conferences across the country, a writer with Take Up & Read, her work has appeared in five meditation books. She has appeared on Catholic radio and podcasts, including The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, The Hallie Lord Show, Fountains of Carrots, and Girlfriends. Her recent book is Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God during the Most Difficult Days of My Life is from Ave Maria Press.
Praying with and for our children
What's one way to ensure that our children keep in the faith? Getting them to pray. But can we, as parents, help our children to pray? We all know that the answer to this is, "yes!" but how do we do this? In this conversation, John and Claire talk about how they make prayer a regular part of their life and how this has been passed on to their children. They give some great advice about how to start, what to do, and how to keep it simple. They also share some tips about praying for your children.
Dr. John Grabowski is Associate Professor of Moral Theology and the Director of the Moral Theology/Ethics area at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Claire Grabowski were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XVI in the fall of 2009 where they serve as a member couple. He currently serves as a theological adviser to the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth. Dr. Grabowski and Claire have five children, two grandchildren, and reside in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Their latest book is Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocations published by Tan.
Praying with Your Temperament
We all have different ways of communicating. This is related to our unique personalities and temperaments. Since prayer is our communicating with God, it stands to reason, that we may pray differently depending on our temperament. Have you ever wondered why your friend loves one type of prayer, but with you, it just didn't mesh. Are there ways of praying that correspond to your particular personality? Find out with Stephanie as she explains the research she has found about this topic.
Stephanie Sanders is a survivor of marriage, motherhood, adoption from foster care, and breast cancer treatment with little kids. Whether it’s deep or funny, she enjoys writing, teaching, leading retreats and speaking about falling in love with God in the midst of real life and suffering. Stephanie is a member of Word Weavers International, the Catholic Writers Guild, and lives in South Carolina with her husband, seven children, and dog. Find her online via Twitter: @stephlsanders, www.living3125.blogspot.com, or on Facebook StephanieLSanders.
Praying with Little Ones
We pay so much time and energy to our children's activities and education, which are beneficial, but do we teach them what's most important--mainly about building a relationship with God? Teaching young ones to pray can be one of the best habits we pass on to our children. And it doesn't have to be difficult, stressful, or even boring. Katie Warner shares some wonderful ideas and suggestions to make praying with your young children an enjoyable and formative experience.
KatieWarner is a Catholic homeschooling mom who loves to create and share resourcesto raise faith-filled families. Katie is the author and editor of the First Faith Treasury children’s book series, Head & Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family, and the popular prayer journals including A Parent Who Prays. She holds a graduate degree in Catholic Theology from the Augustine Institute. In her spare time, Katie writes for the National Catholic Register, is a TV show segment host on EWTN, manages KatieWarner.com, and helps others home to the Church through the international evangelization apostolate, Catholics Come Home. Katie lives in Georgia with her husband and children.
Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing
Join Fr. Dwight Longenecker, as he shares a unique way to approach the prayers of the Rosary. Whether you suffer from deep wounds that you are aware of, or wounds that are hidden, the prayers of the Rosary can bring great healing. And not only will these prayers heal you, but furthermore, they will heal our church.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is a convert, blogger, writer, and pastor. After graduating from college, he went to study theology at Oxford University and was ordained an Anglican minister in England. In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy and returned home with his family to America. He writes for several Catholic Media outlets and has over 25 books. He currently serves as a Catholic priest at Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, SC. He blogs at Standing on My Head. Visit his website and browse his books at dwightlongenecker.com.
Praying While Fasting
Is there a way to add more power and meaning behind our prayers? Ellen thinks that fasting does just this. But what exactly is fasting? Who are its proponents? Is this something a busy woman can do? And is it ok to do it for health reasons, too? Listen to Ellen as she gives a basic intro to fasting as well as practical advice to get started.
Ellen Gable Hrkach is an award-winning, Amazon bestselling author. Her five books have been downloaded over 620,000 times on Kindle. Currently, she works as the Marketing Director for Live the Fast, a non-profit Roman Catholic Apostolate based in Boston. She does freelance writing and editing for a variety of other websites. She blogs at "Plot Line & Sinker" http://ellengable.wordpress.com and is also a self-publishing book consultant and a publisher. She and her husband are the parents of five sons ages 16 to 28 and live in Pakenham, Ontario.
Praying with Mindfulness
There is a lot of talk about mindfulness in both the secular and religious worlds. Many people are realizing the need to slow and down and try to be more aware of "what's in front of them." Fr. Kirby talks about the importance of mindfulness for Catholics, how this is different from secular mindfulness, as well, as some practical tips to make it happen.
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby is the Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College. Father Kirby holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome, a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has authored several books, including Be Not Troubled: A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Father Jean-Pierre De Caussade, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, and Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life. For more information on Father Kirby, please visit frkirby.com.
Praying with Mary
Join in on this joyful conversation as Srs. Anna Sophia and Sr. Marie Celine share their stories, encouragement, and advice about becoming closer to Mary. Listen to how they first came to rely on Mary and what strengthens this bond to their Heavenly Mother.
Dominican Nuns, Sr. Anna Sophia and Sr. Marie Celine are both teachers at St. Mary's Catholic School in Greenville, SC. They are sisters of the Dominican Nuns of St. Cecilia of Nashville, TN.
Praying with Hands Full
What happens when a room full of busy moms, (average number of kids is over 9) gets together for a discussion about prayer? Lots of ideas, inspiration, and joy! Watch this panel of seasoned moms for their ideas to keep the home a prayerful place.
Tami Kiser leads the discussion of these saint-wannabees: Tania Gadosik, Audrey Moseley, Aimee Miller, Loretta Williams, and Kim Capelle. Average number of kids: 9 2/3. They work part-time, full time, and have home-businesses. Some have farms. Homeschool, parochial school, public school, and private school are all represented. Besides all being active in their parishes, this group also is involved in these ecclesial and lay movements of the church: Opus Dei, Regnum Christi, Communion and Liberation, Schoenstatt, and Lay Carmelite.