Patricia A. Merlo, M.P.M.

 

Loving God with Our Whole Heart, Soul, and Mind, and Our Neighbor as Ourselves

I. Overview

Most of us do not realize how much we have in common with the saints. Inspired by the book, The Four Teresas by Gina Loehr, this workshop looks at how God “turns” ordinary people into saints! Using examples from the lives of Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), and Mother Teresa, we will look at how one can “Love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22: 37-39). Time for personal prayer or reflection will allow each participant to address the important question: “Which path is best suited for the unique person God created me to be?”

II. Theme: The Four Teresas: How to “love God with your whole heart, your whole mind,  your whole soul, and your neighbor as yourself.”

  • Each segment is subdivided into 4 parts
  1. Introduction: Musical selection
  2. Presentation: Life of the Saint
    • Application to the great commandment
    • Conversion and Spiritual Legacy
    • Quotations from the saint
  3. Private Prayer and/or Personal Reflection
    • Personal prayer (using suggested method of prayer)
  4. Group sharing
    • What grace was received during your prayer/reflection? (1–2 minute responses)
    • Questions/clarifications about the method of prayer
  • Click here for comments from previous sessions.

III. Typical (Full Day) Agenda

 9:00 - 9:20

Introductory Remarks

  • Site Host/Hostess
    • Welcome
    • Logistics (restrooms, etc.)
    • Opening Prayer
    • Introduction of speaker
  • Patty Merlo
    • Distribution of packets
    • Overview of Retreat Agenda

9:20 - 10:35

Thérèse of Lisieux: Love God with your whole heart.

10:35 - 11:40

Teresa of Avila: Love God with your whole soul.

11:40 - 12:30

Lunch

12:30 - 1:40

Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein): Love God with your whole mind.

1:40 - 2:40

Mother Teresa: Love your neighbor as yourself.

2:40 - 3:00

Q and A and Comments, Closing Prayer

 

IV. Mini (Three Hour) Session Agenda

 9:00-9:10

Introductory Remarks

  • Site Host/Hostess
    • Welcome
    • Logistics (restrooms, etc.)
    • Opening Prayer
    • Introduction of speaker
  • Patty Merlo
    • Distribution of packets
    • Overview of Retreat Agenda
  • 4 segments of 40 minutes

9:10 – 9:50

Thérèse of Lisieux: Love God with your whole heart.

9:50 - 10:30

Teresa of Avila: Love God with your whole soul.

10:30 - 11:10

Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein): Love God with your whole mind.

11:10 - 11:50

Mother Teresa: Love your neighbor as yourself.

11:50 - 12:00

Q and A and Comments, Closing Prayer

For further information or to schedule a workshop contact:

 
Patty Merlo
patty@pattymerlo.com
248-909-9531

(Page Last Updated 2/20/14)