• July 16, 2020 at 19:30:00

Ignatian Contemplation: A Gift for the Soul in These Uncertain Times

“Act as if everything depended upon you; trust as if everything depended upon God.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola

With our lives turned upside down, it can be challenging to stay focused on a spiritual practice. Yet in times like these, the discipline of making time to engage in one can be the most life-giving and healing thing we can do for ourselves and for the world.

Missy Tobia, D.Min, has found the wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola to be an anchor or safe harbor in times of uncertainty. Come spend four 60-minute sessions (one session per week) with Missy as she shares with you the power of Ignatian Contemplation, a way of praying with scripture, and the Examen, a method of reviewing your day in the presence of God.

Over the course of four weeks, you’ll have an opportunity to explore how you can incorporate Ignatian contemplation into your life as you share this new practice with a small group of new friends and an experienced spiritual director.

(Limited to Only 10 participants)

No previous experience with the life and teachings of St. Ignatius is required.


You’ll Learn:

About the life of St. Ignatius and how his teachings and practices can help you now.

How Ignatian Contemplation can be used to enliven the power of scripture.

What the Examen is and how it can make you more intentional in your life.

You Can Experience:

A deeper relationship with the New Testament scriptures.

The peace that can come from a contemplative practice.

The profound spiritual insights Ignatian Contemplation facilitates.

Sharing in the wisdom of a small community of like-minded seekers.


Begins THURSDAY, July 16th,
Meeting weekly July 16th, 23rd, 30th, and August 6th


7:30 pm to 8:30 pm


$50 per person. Partial scholarships available.

Group Size:

Limited to Only 10 Participants


Virtual (via Zoom)


Missy Tobia
About our Facilitator

Missy Tobia

Missy Tobia, D. Min, has been inspired by the Christian mystics since she was a teenager, and she has deep roots in Carmelite spirituality. As part of master’s degree in spirituality, Missy experienced a thirty-day silent retreat known as the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. In her over thirty years as a spiritual director, she has shared these powerful practices with her directees for their benefit. Missy is an active member of the Austin Spiritual Director’s Community and of Eremos, where she has served on the Board of Directors (2010-2015), and she is currently part of Listening Hearts (a group of spiritual directors supporting the spirit of Eremos).

St. Ignatius of Loyola

“St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. In 1521, Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Over the years, Ignatius became expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his insights, prayers, and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises. It became one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written. With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits. Ignatius conceived the Jesuits as ‘contemplatives in action.’ This also describes the many Christians who have been touched by Ignatian spirituality.” Source: www.ingnatianspirituality.com