Yes! Prosperity is taught to Catholics in a context of biblical teachings.

It is designed to help minorities acquire the spiritual and financial knowledge necessary to achieve a peaceful and abundant life. The seven steps to prosperity are supported by Bible readings that help the participants gain a deeper understanding about the relationship between God and money.

Yes! Prosperity

The lack of financial education is one of the greatest challenges we face in America. Helping people develop emotional and financial literacy in a context of spirituality is our greatest mission.

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Financial Reality:

  • High debt.
  • Increased number of bankruptcies.
  • Lack of savings for retirement.
  • Lack of emergency funds.
  • Lack of education funds.
  • High financial stress.

Financial stress has caused many people to live in a constant state of quiet desperation and anxiety that affects their lives at every level. Other families have acquired a dangerous habit of overspending far beyond their capabilities, which leads to a mountain of debt that threatens their financial future.

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Statistics show a huge financial inequality all throughout the world. Low levels of financial education and poor financial habits are often responsible for such a financial disparity. This program can provide financial education in a context of spirituality, thus helping our community reach a higher quality of life, in which inner peace, abundance and unity can become a tangible reality.

Goals

Inner Peace

The first goal of this program is to teach the participants to always put their inner peace above all worldly values.

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Putting God first in our inner world is a key component of becoming wiser and learning to make better decisions in all our affairs, including finances. Strengthening our relationship with the Holy Spirit accelerates our inner healing, to be able to experience God’s presence within. That allows us to awaken our natural talents that often are entangled in the chaos of our inner world. As we are renewed in God’s love and spirit, we can more easily gravitate towards our divine destiny and contribute to a better world. The result is a more fulfilling and abundant life

Abundance

The second goal of this program is to guide the participants through a deep transformation of their relationship with money.

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They are taught to reach for abundance and prosperity in a context of love for God and their neighbors. Furthermore, we clarify limiting beliefs in relationship with financial resources, which suggests that money is bad and that it goes against spirituality pursuits. Instead of that, using the Bible, we corroborate that God wants to bless the fruits of our labor and wants to “overflow us” with abundance. The practical teachings regarding money management are based on the idea that God is a God of order and our use of resources should reflect such order. That way we become worthy of receiving even more blessing, according to God’s Will.

Unity

The third and most important goal of this abundance program is to help people overcome self-centeredness. Instead, we suggest shifting our attention to loving God above all and our neighbors as ourselves.

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This realignment of mind and heart accelerates our human development and allows us to tap into our true power, as children of God. Such power has not been given to us for selfish purposes. Instead, we have been endowed with great talents to contribute to a better world. Developing an ever-present attitude of unconditional love and service toward others makes us worthy of reaching God’s promises.

We emphasize the need for generosity as a very important component for achieving prosperity. It is highly suggested to tithe as it is written in the Bible. The habit of sharing our resources, no matter how scarce, is an expression of love/trust towards God and service towards others. Living our financial life in a context of obedience through tithing is very pleasant to God, who in turn, multiplies what we share.

Approach

The way this program suggests achieving a state of inner peace, abundance and unity is through developing a daily habit of “The Hour of Prosperity”. This is an hour of personal growth that puts in practice all the teaching of the program. It includes a time of prayer, petitions, gratitude, Bible readings, inner silence/stillness and time management. Although an hour is suggested, participants are encouraged to begin with any length of time they feel is sustainable and gradually increase it.

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Centering Prayer

 Many Catholics are unaware of the benefits of centering prayer such as:

  • Deeper communion with God.
  • Emotional Balance.
  • Mental clarity.
  • Enhanced empathy and compassion.
  • Better attention management skills.

There has been a lot of scientific research that shows the physical and mental benefits of a regular practice of centering prayer or mindfulness. Specially for reducing stress and cultivating beneficial emotions.

“Be still and know that I am Go”. PSALM 46:10

What is centering prayer?

Traditional prayer involves talking to God either through set prayers or informally like talking to a friend. Centering prayer is about learning how to listen to God through inner silence.

How to do centering prayer?

“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment and the second one is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 22:37-39

The following centering prayer is based on the two greatest commandments according to Jesus Christ. Love for God and for others.

Preparation:

  • Do the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Do a Hail Mary.
  • Do the act to contrition.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to come to you.

Centering Prayer:

  1. Sit with your back straight and be still.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Pay attention to your heart area.
  4. Visualize lovingly elevating your heart to God.
  5. Become aware of all the pleasant and unpleasant sensations you feel in your body.
  6. Embrace with love everything you sense at a physical and mental level.
  7. Extend the feelings of love towards those close to you.
  8. Extend the feelings of love towards all of humanity.
  9. If you realize your mind starts thinking, go back to step 3.

Conclusion.

  • Open your eyes.
  • Try to slow down and maintain that heart-felt connection to God and others throughout the day.

The first commandment is love God about all things and love others.

When to do it?

A set time of centering prayer first thing in the morning and before going to bed in very effective. Taking one to three-minute breaks every hour can greatly decrease stress.

ACTIVITIES

All our activities are designed for adults and/or teenagers. They can be done in Spanish or English.

Introductory Session.

The introductory program for both, Yes! Prosperity and has a duration of one hour and thirty minutes.

One Day Intensive

The basics of the Yes! Prosperity program can be taught as a six-hour long workshop. This is suitable for both adults and teenagers.

Nine-week Workshop.

This workshop is usually given for two hours during the nine-week period. It is usually conducted on Saturday or during a weekday at night.

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Presenters

Andrea Monsanto

Andrea Monsanto is a mindfulness coach, speaker and author located in Princeton, NJ. She has a science degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, studied at The School of Practical Philosophy and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in positive psychology. For almost two decades she has been practicing mindfulness and has been training individuals and groups for a decade. Andrea is the co-founder of the Mindful Connection Institute, where she teaches individuals and groups all over the United States cutting edge techniques to achieve social emotional balance and financial peace.

Carlo Monsanto

Carlo Monsanto PhD. Hon.C. has conducted research and development in traditional and wisdom-based forms of psychology. This has led to the development of applied self-assessment psychology. The basis for guiding Social Emotional Learning processes to shape how we relate to others. He is the director, faculty and researcher at the Mindful Connection Institute in Princeton, NJ, and is the director of the Ayurvedic and Indian Psychology Research Center at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration.