PACK YOUR BAG!   Rose will be your guide on an ADVENTURE into the INTERIOR LIFE.

All talks will take you into the heart of Christ in a new way.  Each can stand alone for any event or conference, or be combined for day or weekend retreats or parish missions. Each can be modified to fit into your event theme, including Rose’s personal testimony.

What is the Interior Life?
It is the soul’s honest seeking of God, and the truth of him, in everything, starting with the ordinary. In the interior life, the soul sees and moves both through and beyond the created world’s exterior to the life of intimacy with God, our Beloved.

Where will this adventure take me?
Slowly and surely away from the enslavement to the fragile and fleeting pleasures of life and the inordinate love of self to a burning love for God and others. To a freedom from attachment to sin and even a love for the cross. To peace that surpasses all understanding. Into the heart of Christ.

How do you get there?
Through the Spirit and all his doorways seen and unseen, ordinary and extra-ordinary. Through prayer, silence, and Scripture’s stories that beckon us toward Love. Rose will guide you through these and most beautifully through the Liturgy where, as it’s been said,  “one enters the interior life through the front door.”

An Adventure Into The Interior Life

The Way Of Desire

Featuring the Four Levels of Happiness

PERFECT FOR ALL AGES – SINGLE TALK OR PART OF LONGER EVENT

The Four Levels of Happiness (aka the Four Levels of Desire) is an ancient philosophy considered by the likes of Augustine and Aquinas as a way to understand the deepest longings of the human heart . . . and why we get to lost in them.  By identifying what we most desire, and what we try to do to get it, we can learn how we get into so much trouble in our relationships.  To reorder our lives toward the fullest happiness possible, we need not to repress or indulge desires but to see where they are pointing us, to that which satisfies completely. This powerful concept is also at the heart of John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” and the core to the interior life; it’s also easy enough to teach your children! With it you’ll learn:

how and why you struggle with unhappiness in your relationships
what level of happiness has most control over you
how to identify your default responses to unhappiness
common sense solutions to improving all your relationships
how to find greater direction, purpose, peace, and joy

The Way Of The Heart

Featuring the timeless teaching of The Four Temperaments

PERFECT FOR ALL AGES – ONE DAY OR FULL WEEKEND

People put HEART into their relationships in four different ways, long identified as the classic “Four Temperaments”. These are one of the many mysterious ways we’re made in God’s image, with some people naturally reflect his robust, explosive power; others his quiet, hidden ways. It’s not pop-psychology; it’s real! Learning to speak the language of someone’s heart will improve every relationship and give you a life-ling tool to love others in the way they need to be loved. Author of Personality Plus at Work, Rose is a recognized expert on the temperament nuances, natural blends, birth order, masking, and more. PERSONALITIES is fun, funny, and amazingly accurate. It’s suited to any group—at home, work ,or church—because wherever there are people, there are personalities! You’ll learn how to:

Understand and identify the unique gifts of each temperament
Assess when strengths turn to weaknesses

Understand natural blends, birth order, and masking
Meet the deepest emotional needs for each type
Speak “the language of the heart” for each type
Best communicate so others will actually open up and listen
Better lead, follow, work with, parent, and love others

The Way Of The Bride

Featuring the Seven Stages of Romance

PERFECT FOR TEENS AND UP – WORKSHOP OR FULL DAY combined with “The Way of the Bridegroom”

Every romantic relationship progresses through, or gets stuck in, seven stages as it advances toward the fullness of love. These stages are also those of the interior life where the soul, wooed by God, is like a bride in her openness and acceptance of him, or–if she fails to trust him–her fear and rejection. Drawn from the powerful spousal imagery in Scripture, and the audience’s personal experiences, this talk is for both men and women of all ages. It’s a life-changing concept if you let it in . . . and the end of this presentation will surprise you! You’ll learn how to:

Recognize the movements of “marriage” in all of creation
Understand the spousal analogy in Scripture
Identify where you’re stuck in your relationship with God and others
Let go of counterfeit loves
See the interior (spiritual) life as a bride – even if you’re a man
Take a bold, new look at Catholic Church teachings on love, sex, marriage … and liturgy!
Move forward toward richer love and greater happiness

The Way Of The Bridegroom

Featuring the Four Marks of True Love

PERFECT FOR TEENS AND UP – WORKSHOP OR FULL DAY Combined with “The Way of the Bride”

The “Way of the Bride” reveals how the soul is to love and respond to her Bridegroom; the “Way of the Bridegroom” reveals the mysterious and beautiful  marks of his perfect love for her. This type of love is what every heart was made to desire but which has been forgotten or, worse, reinvented and even rejected. Drawing from Scripture’s spousal analogy and Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”, these four marks are easy to remember and can (and should) be taught to your children.  The message is for both men and women so they can understand the true nature of love, marriage, sex, and sacrifice. You’ll learn:

how to know if you are loving someone or using them
how to know if you are being used
how a man can best imitate Christ in his family and community
what distinguishes authentic marriage from other relationships
what must be present for a marriage bond to be considered “valid”
how the Catholic Church can declare an attempted marriage “invalid”
the “whys” of Catholic Church teachings on sexual morality, love, sex, and marriage

The Way Of The Rabbi

Featuring the Four Laws of Relationship

PERFECT FOR ALL AGES – Workshop or Full Day Combined with Other Talks

Whenever anyone encountered, questioned, or challenged Christ, he responded to them in the same four wise ways that considered the whole person, had their best interest in mind, and showed respect and love—even if he turned tables or called them hypocrites. This charming but effective presentation draws from the story in Matthew of the rich young ruler who wanted to know the way to eternal life.  It’s simple, easy to remember, it will change tour relationships, and it’s something you can teach anyone–even young children. Whether you are a leader at home, at school, work, or in the parish community, this presentation will show you how to:

Imitate Christ in dealing with others in four simple, easy-to-remember ways
Easily explain complex truths to others
“Hear” others with your heart
Take charge in ways to which others will respond
Respect and honor even those who may be attacking you
Rightly incorporate the principle of “detachment” in your life
Free yourself from unhealthy relationship patterns
Use your natural temperament to its maximum strengths

The Way Of The Cross

Featuring the Four Gifts of Suffering

PERFECT FOR ALL AGES – Workshop or Full Day Combined with Other Talks

No one wants to suffer, but it’s an inevitable part of life.  So what do we do with it? The suffering that Jesus endured for us, freely and out of love, has eternal redemptive powers–his suffering saves us.  The Church teaches that bearing injustices and pain in union with Christ also has great power; in suffering not only can we find gifts that help us find peace and joy, we can come under the easy yoke and help the Lord continue his saving work!  This talk is based on the last words of Christ on the cross and can inspire one to see the GIFTS in SUFFERING–both to be given and received.

The Four Gifts are easy to remember and something to teach your children. Whether you are a leader at home, at school, work, or in the parish community, this presentation will show you how to:

See suffering in a new light
Find peace and even joy in the midst of relationship turmoil
Understand what forgiveness is and is not
Reconcile mercy and justice, which are not opposed
Find freedom from long-standing bitterness
Let go of life-long fears and burdens
Access powerful graces for yourself and others

Divorce Healing

Rose is a leading expert in the pastoral issues surrounding separation, divorce, Catholic annulment, remarriage, and blended families. After surviving the pain and shame of civil divorce herself, she’s ministered to the divorced and remarried for over twenty years. During that time she’s authored numerous books on the subject and created the landmark “Catholic’s DIVORCE SURVIVAL Guide” DVD series used in hundreds of parishes across the US, Canada, and other countries. She works with diocesan tribunals in advocating for Catholics in their “annulment” (Decree of Nullity) and has authored an easy-to-read book that can help all parties in the process. Rose offers practical reality with her characteristic heart and even much-needed humor.  Whether to inform a general audience or to focus on specific divorce-annulment issues, her talks stand alone or can be combined to create a longer event.

If you need personal help contact Rose.
If you want regular, practical tips on healing, growing, loving Join the Club!
Watch a video of Rose offering support HERE

This warm and uplifting event is less about the daily details of your life–or the devastation of your divorce–than it is a special time to draw close to Our Lord. Drawing from the story of the Samaritan woman who encounters Christ at Jacob’s well, this event recognizes that after divorce people are much more aware of  the deep thirst that needs quenching … particularly in all their relationships. To get to core issues, the weekend helps you go deeper into the interior life by asking:

Will I ever fully heal from divorce? What makes me happy and why does it elude me at times? Who is Christ to me? What does he have to say to me? How does he love me? What does he offer me? Do I really believe him? What holds me back from receiving his living water in the daily details of my life? and, on a practical level, HOW DO I INCORPORATE ALL THIS INTO MY RELATIONSHIPS?

Included in the weekend is a fun welcome and introduction, talks, helpful exercises, small group breakouts, quiet time for reflection, meals, a full-length movie, and more. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is made available and the event ends with Mass. Sessions include: The Way of Desire * The Way of the Bride *The Way of the Bridegroom * The Way of the Rabbi * The Way of the Cross

Available as: Day of Reflection (Saturday) followed by Mass  OR Friday Night/Saturday with Vigil Mass  OR Friday – Sunday Weekend Retreat OR Three Day Mission

Contact Rose to schedule this event.

DVD Parish Program

With Support and Leader Training

Working with program distributor, Ascension Press, Rose offers FOUR stand-alone events that can be combined to help a parish or diocese roll out this landmark divorce healing series (The Catholic’s DIVORCE SURVIVAL Guide).

Clergy or Seminarian Training Workshop   3 hours
This presentation is designed for clergy, religious, and laity who minster to the divorced on any level and includes: how to be pastorally sensitive and still uphold the truth, what the separated or divorced person really wants from you, what never to say to the separated or divorced, how to explain basic Church teachings on marriage/ divorce/ annulment/ remarriage so people can UNDERSTAND, pitfalls to avoid, and more. Includes a summary of the program mechanics, how to get the program running smoothly,  and support for finding and training parish leaders.

Advocate PASTORAL Training   4 hours
Most dioceses train their Advocates in Canon Law, understanding grounds, and procedure but don’t adequately address the parties’ emotional, educational, and evangelistic needs. This process can be confusing and even grueling to some, but is also an opportunity to minster to the heart and soul of the wounded. A chance to practice ALL SEVEN of the spiritual works of mercy, offer love and friendship, and call the person to deeper personal conversion. Emotional outbursts, fear and reticence, angry questions? Worry no more. Rose shows you the true “logic of pastoral care.”

Parish Group Leader Training Day  6 hours
Based on twenty-five years of facilitating small divorce healing groups at the parish level, Rose packs the day full with practical information on planning, starting, and running the CDSG program. She brings best practices to those who want to lead  or those who are already ministering to the divorced. The day offers insight into people’s deepest desires, their temperaments, how to handle the tough topics, managing group dynamics, etiquette, confidentiality, trouble-shooting, avoiding pitfalls, and promoting the group diocese wide. Includes expanded discussion on understanding and explaining a Catholic Decree of Nullity.

Come and Ask! An Evening on Divorce, Annulment, and Remarriage  2-3 hours

In addition to working with divorced and remarried couples, Rose has personal experience as a first wife, second wife, and stepmother. She brings her best practical wisdom with warmth and wit, letting the separated or divorced person know they are loved, that the Church is here, help is available, and there is hope. Whether it’s about forgiveness, loneliness, anger, depression, annulment, remarriage and reception of Sacraments ( or other Church teachings on sexual and relationship morality ) Rose clearly draws on her experience as a lay advocate, Scripture, the Catechism, and Theology of the Body for answers that satisfy intellectually and emotionally. Includes open time for Q & A.

Contact Tara Cabral (Events Manager) at 317-603-6199 to schedule these events.

Retreats / Missions

A Close Encounter with Christ  – This warm and uplifting event is less about the daily details of your life than it is a special time to be drawn into a close encounter with Our Lord. Drawing from the story of the Samaritan woman who encounters Christ at Jacob’s well, this event recognizes that people still have a deep thirst that needs quenching … particularly in their relationships. To get to core issues, the weekend helps you go deeper into the interior life by asking:

What makes me happy and why does it elude me at times? Who is Christ to me? What does he have to say to me? How does he love me? What does he offer me? Do I really believe him? What holds me back from receiving his living water in the daily details of my life? and, on a practical level, HOW DO I INCORPORATE ALL THIS INTO MY RELATIONSHIPS?

Included in the weekend format is a fun welcome and introduction, talks, helpful exercises, small group breakouts, quiet time for reflection, meals, a full-length movie, and more. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is made available and the event ends with Mass. Sessions include:  The Way of Desire * The Way of the Bride *The Way of the Bridegroom * The Way of the Rabbi *The Way of the Cross

Available as: Day of Reflection (Saturday) followed by Mass * Friday Night/Saturday with Vigil Mass * Friday – Sunday Weekend Retreat * Three Day Mission

Also can be tailored to these special groups:

 

Women *  Teens *  Separated and Divorced

Contact Rose to schedule this event.

Unveiling the Mystical Marriage – Spend time delving into the deepest mysteries of your desires. This is a fascinating and profound look at the “spousal analogy” found in Scripture (Genesis, Hosea, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Song of Songs, Ephesians, Revelation, etal)  and all throughout creation.  Some of the treasures you’ll learn include:

“The Four Levels of Happiness”
“The Four Marks of Marriage”
“The Seven Stages of Romance”

Includes time for workshops, video,  prayer, quiet, small group sharing, and shared meals, end ending in the Sacred Liturgy in a way you’ve never experienced.  Sacrament of Reconciliation is recommended as well as a closing Mass. Talks include: The Way of Desire, The Way of the Bride, The Way of the Bridegroom.

Available as: Day of Reflection (Saturday) followed by Mass * Friday Night/Saturday with Vigil Mass * Friday – Sunday Weekend Retreat * Three Day Mission

Contact Rose to schedule this event.

For Clergy And Seminarians

Can you speak the language of the laity? Rose offers easy-to-remember but powerful tools for reaching the heads and hearts of the people–in tough topics. These trainings can be tailored to your individual needs. Contact Rose to discuss options.

“The seminarians still talk about your day with us.  They were unanimous is saying it was one of the best!”
Rev. Thomas DeVries, Director of Spiritual Formation – St. Francis de Sales Seminary WI

Unveiling the Mystical Marriage in the Mass

This fun and informative presentation draws from Scripture’s spousal analogy and St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”; Rose offers a simple yet profound way to understand and teach the laity the truths of Church teaching on the interior life, love, marriage, sexuality, and sacraments. Includes:

The Way of Desire
The Way of The Bride
The Way of the Bridegroom

Learning to Speak the Language of the Separated and Divorced
Drawing on twenty years’ in divorce ministry, Rose offers you the practical how-to’s and what-not-to-says of working with the separated and divorced. Their emotions are high and their questions are many; this day will equip you with the tools to explain complex Church teachings and to establish an ongoing ministry in your parish or diocese, offering hope and healing to them and their families.  Includes mini-training in:

The Catholic’s DIVORCE SURVIVAL Program

Advocate Pastoral Training
This 1/2 day training goes beyond Canon law, grounds, and procedure to the heart of helping the parties: how to deal with intense emotions, explaining the process, helping them with the Petition or Response, asking the questions no one wants to ask, and more.  Do you know how to explain marriage validity in a way they can really understand? What to say when they can’t prove a case, the truth about internal forum, how to inspire the choice to live as brother and sister, and much more.  Advocate work is evangelism and can lead to deep conversions and spiritual maturity.