Spiritual Retreats & Programs to Inspire, Educate & Renew
When I was asked by the administrator of nearby Cranaleith Spiritual Center to co-sponsor a series on addiction by Nina Marie Corona (10/2017), I readily agreed. After all, it seems that each year the number of drug overdose deaths continues to increase. I thought the sessions would be good for our people. I hadn’t planned on attending myself. To show my support, I went to the first session with full intention to leave at the break. I attended not only the entire first session but also the other three as well. I found Nina’s presentations extremely helpful and faith-filled. It is my expectation that anyone who attends this series will leave inspired and informed. I would recommend this series to anyone.
Nina has a great process where she thoroughly explains the science, psychology, sociology (relationships) and spirituality of addiction fusing that with Christian virtues, prayers, meditations, quotes from the saints, music and visual arts in such a way that everyone is touched by some aspect of her presentation. She addresses the person addicted, family members, friends, community and Church; no stone is left unturned. Nina also shatters stigmatizing labels. The series was presented to touch individual souls and support them in the journey forward in faith, hope and love.
There are few subjects of more critical importance in our society today than addiction. And this course not only highlights that fact and raises awareness, but it also helps us reflect on how we might be part of the solution. I found the course to be enriching both professionally and personally, emphasizing something we all need to remember – “addiction is a disease, not a disgrace.” That is at the heart of our parish’s “Mercy Ministry.” Nina Marie Corona is a thoughtful, organized, and well-informed presenter. I would highly recommend bringing her and this course to your parish or organization. Let’s work together to become missionaries of love and mercy.
I have been to a lot of talks on addiction, but this was the most comprehensive. The format was informative, encouraging and designed to gently nudge all of us to be more empathetic. We all come to Jesus for healing and peace and all of us in the Church need to be more informed so we can genuinely welcome and care for all who enter our doors. This presentation was extremely worthwhile, and I highly recommend it.