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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Western Washington author, blogger among IHRC’s January presenters

the Inland Register

(From the December 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) continues its “Coffee and Contemplation” series in January with a session titled “Healing the Hearts of Our Children” with Thea Loughery of Transformed Hearts Ministries on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

All people experience emotional wounds – some inflicted by family members, some from others. Loughery will talk about prayer ministry and spiritual tools that can be helpful in the healing of damaged hearts.

The program runs from 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10 per person; advance reservations are requested.

• IHRC’s weekend forgiveness retreat, titled “Living with Forgiving,” has been scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24. Directing the retreat will be Charles Finck, a teacher and counselor and founder of Liberty Cross Ministries. His most recent book is titled As We Forgive Those (Liberty Cross Publishers).

According to Finck, each step of the forgiving prayer has a price to pay, requires an action, and has a consequence. Each requires things that are difficult, sacrificial, and sometimes painful, but the results are godly, countering the human desire for revenge or payback. When we make the decision to forgive and bless, we open ourselves to God and his Holy Spirit and, asking for help, we receive.

The weekend begins after registration on Friday at 6 p.m. and continues through lunch on Sunday. Cost is $192/person, $294/couples, and $107/commuters. Financial assistance is available. Early registration is recommended.

• On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Catholic author and blogger Mark Shea (right) will present a dinner conference, “Living like Pope Francis: The Four Pillars of Catholic Social Teaching.”

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.; the conferences end by 8:30 p.m. The cost is $38 per person.

The four pillars of Catholic social teaching – Dignity of the Human Person, the Common Good, Subsidiarity, and Solidarity – assist in building a just society and living in holiness amidst moral challenges. The life and words of Pope Francis offer additional insights into these important concepts.

• Shea is also scheduled to present a silent day of prayer at IHRC the following day, Jan. 27, with the theme “Incarnation and Evangelization: Christ’s Mysteries in Our Lives.”

The Good News of the Gospel shows the pattern of Christ’s Life as reflected in our lives. Look at the Faith through the lens of the story of our lives as those stories replicate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s dying and rising. Shea frequently works in the field of Catholic apologetics.  His work has been published in Catholic World Report, New Oxford Review, The Door, Catholic Digest, and Christianity and Literature, and is a columnist for National Catholic Register. He also maintains a blog, “Catholic and Enjoying It!”

The day begins at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude by 3 p.m. The schedule includes recitation of the rosary, two conferences, lunch, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Cost, which includes lunch, is $38/person, or $48 with use of a private room for the day. Advance registration is requested.

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane. For registration and information about these and other IHRC offerings, call (509) 448-1224, or visit the web site:

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