Workshop: "'So Longs the Heart:' Cultivating a Heart Open to the Divine" with Dr. Wendy Wright


This day long presentation will explore the classic tradition of Salesian spirituality that first emerged in the seventeenth century for insights that might enrich contemporary contemplative practice. That tradition is noted for its human wisdom, theological optimism, emphasis on relationality, and its applicability to persons in all circumstances of life. What characterizes that tradition in the many ways it has found expression is the emphasis on a transformed heart.

As we delve into the spiritual vision that seeks to cultivate such a heart, we will be introduced to several distinctive Salesian themes such as inner freedom and flexibility in prayer, the prayer of “simple remise” and “living between the two wills of God,” as well as practices such as the direction of intention and the cultivation of the “little virtues” such as gentleness and humility. As we do so we will consider both the gifts and challenges for contemporary spiritual practice of drawing from classic spiritual teaching and the ways these might or might not harmonize with current notions of human interiority and spiritual maturity.

Sessions topics (which include time for discussion and quiet reflection):

  • The Transformed Heart
  • A Heart Open to the Divine
  • A Heart Open in Friendship and to the “Other”

To Attend
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About Dr. Wright
Wendy M. Wright, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Theology at Creighton University In Omaha, and currently Affiliated Faculty in the Institute for Contemporary Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. A specialist in the Salesian Spiritual tradition she also has written on family spirituality, women and spirituality and the Catholic devotional tradition. Her most recent books are The Lady of the Angels and Her City: a Marian Pilgrimage (Liturgical Press) and Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal (Pauline Books and Media).

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00am to 2:30pm

University Hall, 1859
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Speakers and Seminars


LMU Extension, Center for Religion and Spirituality


Extension Ministry Studies


$45 per person




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