Communique #1 – Spiritual Development

October 17, 2018

National Chairperson of Spiritual Development Shari Guinta, August 28, 2018

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“The experience of faith is intertwined with the experience of the Spirit who always sends the believer on a journey.”       A Year with Pope Francis, Daily Reflections from His Writings

It seems like yesterday that I began my “journey” as chairperson of communications for national council and now two years later, my role has changed. I am honoured and thrilled to have been appointed to the standing committee of spiritual development by the national president.

I have been on national council as Ontario provincial president, chairperson of the resolutions standing committee, secretary-treasurer, 2nd vice-president and chairperson of the communications standing committee, and now 1st vice-president and chairperson of the spiritual development standing committee.

My home is Waterloo, Ontario, where I am a member of St. Michael parish in the Hamilton diocese. I have been married for 44 years to Peter and have two grown children, Andrew and Sarah. I have been a business owner for over 30 years in condo and non-profit housing management. I am “thinking” about retirement.

Spiritual activity is alive and well in the League, I know, and there are many excellent programs across the county. I’ve experienced some of them. Some councils struggle because “one size does not fit all” and we need to remember that when planning spiritual programs. Inquire of members what they want, invite suggestions and look for the many resources that are offered by the League, religious communities, online and diocesan resources. I also encourage you to consult your spiritual advisor.

I was exposed to Shorter Christian Prayer in my service on the national executive and although it took me about two years to understand and feel comfortable to use, I have come to love it. You may need the assistance of your pastor, spiritual advisor or someone used to reciting Shorter Christian Prayer, but it is worth the investigation.

Shorter Christian Prayer is taken from The Liturgy of the Hours. It can be recited privately or in a group. The Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office is the prayer of the entire church. You may have heard of the Breviary which the clergy uses. It is described as the public and common prayer by the people of God. As people of God we are called to prayer and in the early church there were several times during the day and evening when prayers were said.

I encourage members to investigate The Liturgy of the Hours and offer it at convention, executive meetings and days of spirituality, or other retreat days, as well as for personal and private use. One place to purchase the book is at amazon.ca, but you may also try Christian bookstores.

“Lord, listen to my prayer; turn your ear to my appeal.” Psalm 143
Thursday, Week IV of Shorter Christian Prayer.

Shari Guinta
National Chairperson of Spiritual Development