Desires of the Heart

A Virtual Day Retreat

Saturday, 17 April 2021 – 9:30am-3:00pm ET

How do we hear the voice of God? Saint Ignatius says that God speaks and draws us through the deep desires of our heart. In this day retreat we will explore this idea and how our desires lead us to make decisions. We will also examine three key questions to consider as we take stock of our desires.

    In this day of prayer you will:

    • discover questions to ask yourself as you examine your role in God’s dream for the world
    • reflect on the Ignatian idea of discerning spirits
    • learn four important elements of discernment


    You are invited to set aside much of the day to fully engage in this spiritual retreat. There will be three live talks at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 2:00pm ET (optional sharing takes place after the final talk).

    Between talks you are invited to spend time in silence and prayer. You will be provided with suggestions on how to make your home a sacred space for this time of retreat.


    Can’t make the live talks? Register as normal and after the retreat concludes you will receive 2-week access to the recordings of the talks so you can make the retreat on your own time.

    What’s Included

    • Guidance on how to make your home a space apt for a retreat
    • Three live talks
    • Handouts with guided prayer prompts
    • Music for meditation
    • Scripture suggestions
    • An opportunity for sharing of graces at the end of the retreat
    • A closing Examen

    Your Guide

    Andy Otto is a spiritual director, author, and the creator of God In All Things. He has led retreats and given talks on Ignatian spirituality around the United States and internationally. Andy holds an MA in Theology and Ministry from Boston College and has been inspired by the wisdom of St Ignatius of Loyola since his days as a Jesuit in formation. Presently, he works in Ignatian ministries in Atlanta, GA where he lives with his wife Sarah and two children. He is the author of God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary.

    Registration closed at 4pm ET on Friday, 16 April.