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Explorations into Hope: Living Water for Times of Stress and Distress

September 11 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, repeating until October 2, 2019


SEPT 11 – OCT 2, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | MORELL HALL

“Love opens the door; Hope keeps it open; Faith allows us to walk through.”

– Isaura Barrera

Join us for a four-week discussion group focusing on mystical hope (as contrasted with ordinary hope), exploring what such hope offers and how it may be cultivated. Course content is grounded in an experiential understanding of hope as “living water” that:

  • – is not dependent on external circumstances and conditions
  • – involves a sense of being met and held in communion by Infinite light and love
  • – “bears fruit within us at the psychological level in the sensations of strength, joy, and satisfaction: an unbearable lightness of being.” (C. Bourgeault)
  • – is the “oil” necessary to light our way to the bridegroom (Matthew 25: 1-13)


Participants are invited to explore and cultivate this type of hope in their own lives, especially during times of stress and distress when ordinary hope can be all too elusive. Sessions draw material from Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God (C. Bourgeault) and Almost Everything: Notes on Hope (A. Lamott). Familiarity with these texts is recommended but not required. Format will be interactive using discussions, reflective interludes, and various creative activities.



Isaura Barrera, Ph.D., MA (Spirituality) is a lifelong spiritual seeker. After being a professor at the University of New Mexico for 20 years she retired to return home to San Antonio, where she enrolled in and completed a Master’s degree in spirituality at OST. She is now focused on sharing her spiritual journey through both writing and teaching with the hope that it may inspire others as they seek their own spiritual paths. She has published an e-book, Beloved’s Gift: Following Soul’s Song into Love, Hope and Faith and co-published Skilled Dialogue: Authentic Communication and Collaboration Across Diverse Perspectives and is currently at work on Unwrapping Beloved’s Gift, Co-Creating Soul’s Song: Way Stations on the Path to Awakening Deep Love, Hope and Faith.

Maripat Munley will also add her unique gifts to this series. Maripat is a nurse, art therapist and spiritual director with Masters Degrees in Public Health and Art Therapy. She earned Certification in Mind Body Medicine from the Harvard New England Deaconess Mind Body Institute. Semi-retired now, she has taught research methods in Music and Art Therapy Graduate Programs, was an art therapist at St. Louis University Behavioral Medicine Department and later had an Art Therapy private practice. Currently she volunteers at Bexar County Detention Center leading classes in art and prayer and facilitates spiritual retreats, art-based workshops in a variety of settings. As a military wife and through her consulting work with religious orders she has practiced in the fields described above both nationally and internationally for over 50 years.

Together, Isaura and Maripat will offer a highly interactive course, using music, art, scripture, poetry and the words of spiritual writers to illustrate material and inspire participants to explore and increase hope in their own lives.


Discussion Group Dates/Times

September 11, 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am

September 18, 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am

September 25, 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am

October 2, 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am

All sessions will be held in Morell Hall (in the library building)


Registration Fee: $20 (for all four sessions)


Participants are encouraged to bring a light jacket/shawl, reusable water bottle, and writing materials.


For information or to register by phone, contact Noemy at (210) 341-1366 EXT 212.


Continuing Education events are free* to all enrolled OST students.

All other students, 50% off with student ID.

To receive discount, register with Noemy at ncolon@ost.edu or (210) 341-1366 EXT 212

*Does not apply to meals and lodging.


All refunds subject to 10% processing fee.



10 available
Explorations into Hope 2019 Registration$20.00Fee includes costs for all four sessions.


September 11
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Event Category:


Morell Hall (In the Library)
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio,TX78216United States


Continuing Education
210-341-1366 x 212