To form one’s self spiritually is to give importance to the oftentimes neglected part of our being. Being both body and soul, we need to address the needs of both. We associate the term maturity more to the spirit than the body.
A matured soul sees the events of her life in their true light and in the purpose they serve. She understands the need to deepen her relationship with God, to grow in authentic humility and tangible faith.
Spiritual formation at Afara is aimed at helping you develop your spiritual life and apostolate. Afara assists each one personally, in her struggle to be a better person in the eyes of God. A Christian through and through, in all circumstances is what one learns in the kind of spiritual development Afara gives.
“Are you sad my friend? Pray.” This is what St Josemaria recommends to the sad. Meditation is the term we use to refer to the guided reflection each one makes towards a personal conversation with God.
In the meditation, a priest develops certain considerations on a particular topic while we talk to God confidently, sincerely and unhurriedly, bringing to him our joys, sorrows, struggles, feelings, dreams, anything and everything.
Regular Schedule for Meditations
Every Saturday: 04:15 PM – 04:45 PM
BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Held after the Saturday meditations, the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is a popular Catholic devotion that enriches a person’s love for Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. The priest “exposes” the Holy Eucharist on the altar while he and the people sing Eucharistic hymns and praises. After each Saturday benediction, the congregation sings a hymn to Our Lady, since that day is traditionally dedicated to her.
To say sorry is one of the beautiful experiences in life no matter how hard it may seem. And what more to say sorry and know you will be forgiven. This is how simple yet profound the sacrament of confession is. Above all it is a sacrament of joy. Our experience of removing dirt or filth and seeing the cleansed object regain its original beauty sparks delight in us. Confession opens up the channels to which grace will flow.
Regular Schedule for Confession
Every Saturday: 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM
An evening of recollection basically consists of a series of activities related to forming your spiritual life. This includes but is not limited to:
- meditations where in for 30 min. at a time the priest talks about spiritual topics while one quietly reflects on them as a matter for conversation with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
- a talk on some virtue or spiritual topic by a lay person.
- spiritual readings done out loud by the leader while the rest listen quietly in the oratory.
- examination of conscience wherein the leader says certain points of examination audibly while the other participants reflect on it.
- benediction where the Blessed Sacrament is brought out by the priest, hymns are sung and prayers are said in adoration.
- one is free to line up in a queue for confession and spiritual direction with the priest in between the scheduled activities.
Regular Schedule for Recollections
Every 4th Saturday of the Month: 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Retreats provide a weekend away to reflect on God and the living out of one’s faith at school, work, home and in social life. Retreats are conducted by priests of Opus Dei and include:
- Periods of guided prayer in the chapel
- Opportunity to attend Mass and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Some talks on virtues and prayer life
- Time for personal reflection
- Praying of the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary
To make enquiries or to book a retreat, call us on 0802 306 2501
CATHOLIC DOCTRINE CLASSES
When we neglect the need to study our catholic doctrine, we cause serious damage to our faith as we grow older while we remain toddlers in the knowledge of doctrine. To keep our faith burning, we must foster eagerness to get to know the Church better and her teachings. We know how difficult it is to love and to be loyal to someone you do not know. And to know the Catholic doctrine, for a Catholic is to know and love God.
Knowledge of faith is a duty both to God and to our fellowmen. In Afara, Catholic doctrine classes are given by a priest or a lay person. These classes make us understand and appreciate their splendor so that we can help the others to revive the interest in faith lost in the many attractions that compete for our attention.
Regular Schedule for Doctrine Classes
Every Friday: 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM