Below are a few talks that your parish or group may find helpful and inspiring toward holiness and a love for our Lord, our Blessed Mother, and our beautiful Catholic faith.
– Sonja Corbitt, Catholic Evangelista
Present in the Pain
Eileen shares from the heart about enduring suffering, healing from it, and recognizing it as an opportunity for life-changing growth. We all suffer, but do we suffer well? This world offers many tools for numbing or distracting us from our pain, but in order to experience the redemptive benefit of suffering, we must see it as our personal fiat, recognize God’s presence with us, and be open to the lessons that it can teach us, following the examples of Christ and Our Blessed Mother.
This talk is good for a mixed gender group or women’s groups. It is also good for groups that may be dealing with bereavement and grief.
Eileen shares St. Thomas Aquinas’ five remedies for sorrow in light of what is now known about healing and trauma. Modern psychology and understanding of emotional trauma confirm what the Angelic Doctor already knew – that these remedies enable us to process and heal from sorrow, body and soul. Eileen looks at each of the five remedies and shares how they have helped her -and many others in her retreats – to move through and process the sorrows of grief and suffering.
This talk is good for mixed gender groups or women’s groups. It is also good for groups that may be dealing with bereavement and grief.
The Most Loving Mother
In this talk, Eileen shares her journey from a Protestant, who struggled to understand the devotion Catholics had for Our Lady, to a Catholic who has come to know the Blessed Mother in a very personal way. Eileen shares how her difficult relationship with her own mother made it a challenge to come to know Mary in this way, but Our Lady found a way to connect with her in a loving, tender way.
This talk is suitable for women’s groups and for any group that desires to develop a deeper devotion to Our Lady.
The Sorrowful Way
Eileen shares the Seven Swords of Sorrow that Mary endured and teaches us how they can be examples for our own suffering in life. Whether we, too, endure the pain of child loss or we are experiencing any of the other sufferings that are part of life in this valley of tears, Our Lady of Sorrows is the model for us and desires to give us the grace we need to endure our trials with faith, hope, and love, as she herself did.
This talk is suitable for any group that desires to learn more about Our Lady of Sorrows.
Parish or small group workshops
Discovering Who You Are
In this workshop, you will learn about your unique temperament and its associated strengths, weaknesses, motivators, and triggers. Understanding these things about ourselves can help us to grow in virtue and make us more compassionate towards others.
This workshop is very flexible and can be done in person or via Zoom. It’s great for small groups or whole parishes. Engaged couples, women’s groups, parish staff – any group can benefit from this information! Workshop time is about 90 minutes.
It can also be tailored specifically for bereavement groups to discuss how our unique temperaments show up in the ways we grieve.
Contact Eileen to schedule one of the above talks or workshops, or to discuss something that might be more suitable for your specific group needs.
Click here for information about holding a grieving mothers’ retreat in your parish.