Retreat In Everyday Life (R.I.E.L)

June 17, 2014

Would you like more information about our upcoming Retreat In everyday Life



We have posted additional information in our google calendar under the September 23, 2014 entry, and/or here in this space. As always, if you have questions please contact us through this Blog or at Emmaus House, or 515-282-4839.


Retreat In Everyday Life
Meeting the Living God in Daily Life
In the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola,  founder of the Jesuits


What are the Spiritual Exercises?

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, which follow the Church liturgical calendar, take place over a nine-month period, beginning in late September and concluding in May.


Activities include a commitment to daily prayer of approximately one hour, a weekly group meeting to share an aspect of one’s prayer experience, receive direction for the following week’s exercises and to learn about different prayer exercises, and twice monthly individual spiritual direction with a certified spiritual director.


There is no one method or source of Ignatian prayer. St. Ignatius drew on a number of sources, and the Exercises contain perhaps 10 different kinds of prayer. Though a readiness to pray with scripture is important, there are also opportunities for stillness. Ignatius did not wish to force people into a spiritual straitjacket, always encouraging that we each “pray as we can—not as we can’t.”


The Spiritual Exercises offer a process to help retreatants reach inner freedom in responding freely to the personal call of Christ to help build the Kingdom of God. Through the Exercises, retreatants develop characteristics which then become part of their daily lives. Participants become better able to discern their inner desires, become more aware of how God is working in their lives and in the world, learn how to bring together contemplation and action. and become increasingly aware of the presence and activity of God in all things.


Who should make the Exercises? 

People of varied backgrounds and Christian traditions, as well as people who are active or contemplative, have benefited from the Exercises. The Exercises especially benefit
• Women and men serious about their Christian life
• Those who desire to grow in their relationships with Christ
• Lay persons, religious, Christians from any tradition
• Those who have important decisions to make about their lives
• The young who have a desire to live their lives at a deeper level
• The middle-aged who want to discern the next steps in their lives
• The senior who seeks to understand the paths their lives have taken
• Men and women who are in transition
• Women and men in leadership positions


How to Apply

Attend one of the upcoming Informational Sessions at Emmaus House, 1521 Center Street, Des Moines. These will be held on:


Tuesday, June 24, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Thursday, July, 10 from 7 to 8 p.m.


No reservation is necessary to attend one of these sessions


When will the Retreat In Everyday Life be held?


R.I.E.L will begin on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 and will meet weekly except for Christmas and Spring Break for 32 weeks through May 12th, 2015. The group sessions, which will each be limited to 10 participants, will be held on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 10:30 am or Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to  7:30 pm. If necessary, we will also offer a Monday evening group.


Where will Retreat In Everyday Life be held?


All group sessions will be held at Emmaus House, 1521 Center Street, Des Moines, IA. Locations for individual spiritual direction sessions will be determined between the director and retreatant.


What is the Cost?


We suggest a fee of $50 per month for 8 months, plus a monthly fee of $50 offered directly to one’s spiritual director. Our eight participating spiritual directors have generously agreed to cut their customary direction session stipend in half—in essence each retreatant is receiving two spiritual direction sessions for the price of one. The fee can be paid over the course of the year and partial scholarships are available.

If someone has the means to offer more than $400, which will help to offer partial scholarships to others, we encourage you to do this in the form of a gift to Emmaus House.


For questions or further information, contact Cindy Shaw at 515-282-4839 or Sue Oehlerking (515) 401-2601, or e-mail

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