Fr. Peter Ribes sj. passed away on May 9th, 2016. He was 91 years old (April 18, 1925 - May 9, 2016).
Funeral Mass is at St. Peter's Church, Bandra , Mumbai. On Thursday, May 12th, at 4 pm.

This Website contains resource material in the form of hundreds of PDF files that can be downloded and used for conducting very powerful training sessions, to develop yourself, your family, your church youth group, your students, your employees, or just your local community; in the area of personality growth and human values.

These training sessions are categorised into three different types:

1. Full-length:

In this section you will find PDF files that contain provocative stories to stimulate thoughtful reflection, reflective questionnaires and feedback mechanisms, and tips for the trainers on how to conduct that particular training session.
Ideal for:Trainers who are conducting training sessions.

2. Medium sized:

The PDF files in this section contain shorter versions of those found in the "full-length" section.
Ideal for: Those seriously considering training themselves or " those wanting to become spiritual trainers" and conduct raining sessions.

3. Nano/2-minute

Here you will find PDF files containing only the short stories that can be read and reflected on, in 2 minutes.
Ideal for: Yourself - for pepping-up your day.



Thematic list of "Full-length" Stories in alphabetical order.

Aims and goals in Life

Attachments

Attachments enslave us

Attitudes to life

What do you want from life?

Positive and negative outlook. The pessimist and the optimist

Self-centered and other centered attitude

Lack of concern for others

Authority and power

Authority and power are meant for service

Nature, purpose and dangers of authority in society

Awareness

Become aware of your body

Be critical

Use your judgment and common sense

Our perceptions are limited, relative and complementary

Our perceptions condition our thinking and feelings

In our quest for God personal experience is better than doctrine

Truth, doctrine and dogma

All men and women are groping for salvation

Bible quotes

Father to his children

God's love, made man, in Jesus

In the scriptures we see that God called different people to perform different tasks

Waiting for the Lord

Childlikeness

Unless you become like little children...

  • Never grow old

  • Children and human rights

    Educate children for responsible freedom

    Children need discipline to grow

    Children need attention and need to be taken seriously

    Christian life

    Christian celebrations

    Pagan Christian celebrations-Celebration for celebration’s sake

    The worship God wants

    Christian themes

    Only the pure of heart will see Jesus

    Christmas without Christ

    Where to find Jesus at Christmas night

    Knowing Jesus with the heart

    Tolstoy’s Christmas story.

    Searching for the new worn king.

    Communication

    Being sensitive to the feelings and needs of others

    Honesty in communication

    The way others communicate with us, reflects the way we communicate with them

    Community building

    Prayer session

  • The wheel

  • Confession

    Confession with a difference.

    How do you keep the 10 commandments

    Conscience

    Follow your conscience, not public opinion

    Freedom of conscience

    Cooperation v/s competition

    The Tree and the branches

    Prayer session

    Competition as a way of life in modern society

    Unique role each one of us has to play in a group and in society

    Discerning God’s will

    Discipline

    Discipline brings the best in us, tunes us

    Discipline helps us to succeed in life.

    Suffering helps us discover our worth. And keeps us fit.

    Ecology

    Primitive man’s love for nature

    Loving the earth or lusting for her.

    Exhausting the earth's resources – The myth of indefinite development?

    Modern development is a murderous hoax

    God the Creator – Man the "de-creator"

    Eccumenism

    A divided church

    Education

    Wisdom exceeds mere knowledge

    Humanrights

    Education for responsible freedom

    Degrees or pedigrees wanted

    Education demands discipline

    How much do you care for your children?

    Over-protective parents cripple their children’s growth

    Education has a social function. It’s for the good of the entire social body.

    Hints for teachers and parents

    Two styles of education

    Myth of integral education

    Nature, purpose, and dangers of authority in education.

    Education as brain washing, exploitation and indoctrination

    Over-protectiveness stuns the growth of children

    Effective Teaching Approach. Come down to the level of your trainees or pupils

    Assertiveness for teachers and students alike

    Examination of conscience

    Know your spiritual and moral illnesses

    How healthy is your Christian Life

    Simple method for examination of conscience for daily use

    Examining the quality of your prayer life.

    Examining the soundness of my Christ experience. Is my Jesus Christ real or imaginary?

    How genuine is our Faith.

    Competition as a way of life in modern society

    Experience is better than Bookish Knowledge - Personal experiential v/s theoretical knowledge

    In our quest for God personal experience is better than theory.

    Family and Home.

    Mother's love

    What a family should be

    Pitfalls on the way we bring up our children.

    Prayer in the family

    Children’s unexpressed longings

    How much care you take for your children

    Values, in the home, are caught not taught

    Today’s materialistic values break off our families.

    We sacrifice our children to materialistic family expectations

    The year of the family

    Educate your children for independence and to stand on their own

    Modern home

    Our children are not ours. They are loaned to us to us by God

    Human rights at home.

    Competition as a way of life in society and in the family.

    Forgiveness

    Forgiving others

    Friendship

    A Symbolic Representation of Friendship.

    Generosity

    How and how much to give

    Giving oneself to others as Jesus did

    Give to God your all

    Self-giving bears fruits and joy

    Great generosity is wanted to do the will of God wherever He made us born.

    On the feeding of the 5000

    GOD

    Our knowledge of God is always partial and imperfect because uur perceptions are limited and complementary.

    Our perceptions – limited as they are - condition our thinking and feelings

    In our quest for God personal experience is better than theory

    How much we know about God – truth, doctrine and dogma.

    All men and women are searching for the truth

    God’s Image

    First part - Distorted images of God. And their consequences

    Second part The Image of God given to us by Jesus.

    God’s image given us in the bible. A sketch.

    God’s Love - The gist of the Gospel message, God is love. We need courage to accept God’s love

    God’s love is a free gift .

    God never fails us

    In all his dealings with us, God is the first to take the initiative

    The greatest love story

    Jesus is God's love made man.  

    'God’s Will' done - Surrendering to God's will is end-all and be-all of life.

    Unconditional generosity is wanted to do the will of God wherever He made us be born.

    Docility to God’s promptings is the only way to change for is better.

    Gospel exercises

    Come to know yourself better by reflecting on the mistakes of others

    • Writing letters to gospel people

    Better yourself by identifying yourself with gospel people

    Gospel People - Obstacle race to follow Jesus

    Gospel Themes - What Jesus tells us about Himself

    Jesus

    Jesus, the healer.

    Jesus's style of prayer

    The beatitudes of Jesus

    Gospel People - Sorrow and guilt

    Learning from the mistakes and sins of others

    Being sensitive to the feelings and needs of others

    To know the dangers of our inordinate attachments.

    Gospel miracles

    On the feeding of the 5000. Give God what you have, He will do the rest.

    Healing of the blind man Bartimaeus We all are blind.

    Gospel parables

    All growth in life is a process of building foundations.

    Forgiving seven times only?

    What Jesus wants us to be?

    Accepting and respecting others

    Gospel and Canon Law

    Greed

    Greed ruins our happiness

    Greed for money kills all joy in life

    Greed imprisons us

    Greed for money destroys the world

    Greed - possessions corrupt

    The greed of modern man is a fiend devouring our world.

    Greed - The great killer and destroyer

    Greed blinds us, bluffs us and spoils our life

    Greed's divisive power. What force and threats could not break, greed did

    Greed v/s Unselfish love

    Group Moderation and group mixers

    Group Moderation and group entertainment games

    Group Moderation and group dividers

    Group Moderation group building

    Moderation group ice-breakers

    Group moderation - Learning each others’ names

    Group moderation and group opening sessions

    Group moderation group warming-up games

    Group-moderation group evaluation techniques

    Growth

    Happiness

    Happiness is in where you are and in what you are

    Holiness

    Holiness is found in simplicity and sincerity of heart

    Holiness made easy

    To be holy, the most important thing is to do what God wants you to do, in the best way.

    Hope

    Value of hope

    Ignatian retreat themes

    Preparation before the retreat

    Principle and foundation

  • Principle and foundation. Ignatius text

  • Principle and foundation. Sketchy presentation

  • Principle and foundation - Helpful quotes

  • Ignatian indifference - 1st part: Reflections

  • Ignatian indifference. 2nd part: Quotes

  • First Week

    Second Week

    Close of the Retreat “Ad Amorem” –an adaptation

    Ignatian Retreat Prayer methods

    Innovation

    Courage to jump into new unbeaten paths brings success

    Traditionsare good and helpful, but they should not paralyze us

    Jesus

    The holy name of Jesus.

    Jesus'S favourites

    Jesus'S favourites were those rejected by society.

    Jesus' personality

    Jesus grew physically, emotionally, and in grace before God and man.

    Jesus-the man. 

    Jesus'emotional life

    How do you visualize Jesus in your mind?

    Knowing Jesus

    Who is the Jesus Christ I relate with at prayer today?

    Jesus and God, His farther.

    Jesus and religious worship.

    Jesus and his Father’s will - his vocation - He fulfilled his task

    Jesus’ way of prayer.

    Jesus' teachings on prayer

    Jesus and people.

    Jesus and the realities of life

    Jesus' Values

    The beatitudes

    Prayer exercises on Jesus.

    Jesus? Who?

    Jesus' emotional life

    Jesus'concern for us

    Human longings.

    Jesus our friend

    On knowing and following Jesus

    Jesus questions us.

    Joy

    Quizzes and questionnaires

    Leadership

    Leadership and Change

    Lack innovation stifles leadership

    Courage to jump into new unbeaten paths brings success

    Traditions are good and helpful, but they should not paralyze us

    Liturgy

    The worship God wants

    Liturgies

    Para liturgies

    Love

    Meaning of love

    Love for others - love your enemies

    Love is the foundation of world-peace

    Loving God

    Simple exercises to grow in the love of God

    St, Ignatius’ contemplation - "Ad amorem" - to experience and grow in the love of God

    Loving and serving God in others

    Love for Neighbours

    First be just, then charitable...

    Mind your language

    We come to know people by the way the speak

    Money, wealth, and possessions

    Things money cannot buy

    Greed for money prevents us from enjoying happiness in life.

    Greed for money imprisons and enslaves our hearts. 

    Greed imprisons us

    Greed for money corrupts the world

    Moral themes

    What’s sin?

    Abortion

    Sorrow and guilt

    Learning from the mistakes and sins of others

    Today’s thinking on what sin is and it is not.

    Freedom of conscience. What is it and what not?

    Capital sins - what are they

    Watch out - control your growing passions from the start

    Confession

    Greed - possessions corrupt

    Motivation

    Do what you do with the right motivation to find meaning and joy in life

    Searching for the treasure made them work hard.

    Paradoxical man

    Passions - feelings

    Greed for money destroys the world

    Patriotism

    Pseudo-patriotism leads to selfish and inhuman societal exploitation.

    Institutionalized Injustice and oppression

    Perception

    Our perceptions are limited, relative and complementary. The may lead us to wrangles and even wars.

    Our perceptions condition our thinking, feelings and actions...

    The power of Images

    Prayer Exercises***

    Be open to God, to self and to others.

    Closing chapter of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. "Ad Amorem"

    Being docile to God’s inspirations and promptings.

    The Our Father. (Short Form)

    Who is the Jesus Christ I relate with, at prayer today?

    Turn your crosses and sufferings into Crucifixes

    Jesus’ way of prayer.

    Praying with hands

    On the feeding of the 5000

    My life at glance.

    Being alone with God

    Prayer exercises for "All Souls Day"

    Where do you stay Lord?

    Prayer sessions

    Prayer methods v/s prayer

    Sharing on one's prayer life

    Humility and simplicity are necessary for prayer

    Prayers by rote v/s prayer

    Prayer of petition

    The heart of prayer is to pray with your heart

    Wrong attitudes and assumptions in our prayer life

    God is ever present to us

    Christ our Companioning in life’s journey.

    An event of thanksgiving prayer to God

    A Listening Group prayer Session

    Prayer modes

    Prayer of Petition

    Prayer of intercession

    Prayer of thanksgiving

    Prayer of praise

    Prayer of adoration

    Prayers for healing

    Prayer themes

    Preparation for prayer

    Prayer exercises

    Prayer of union.

    Prayer unitive

    Self abandonment to god's will

    Contemplation - finding God in all things

    Prayer methods

    In times of trouble

    Turning your sorrows and suffering into spiritual gains

    How do you use your faculties and powers?

    St.Ignatius repetition method.

    On waiting for the Lord.

    Praying without words.

    On the happenings of life.

    My life at glance.

    Turn your distractions into prayer.

    Prayer in the family

    Praying the Jesus way

    How to Pray our Vocal Prayers. Don’t just say them

    Fantasy methods

    Mantra prayer methods

    Nature Prayer methods

    Praying methods with the scriptures

    Examination of one’s prayer life.

    Prayer Themes for meditation and teaching

    Jesus' teachings on prayer

    The heart of prayer is Adoration – Self-surrender to God

    Who is the Jesus Christ I relate to in my prayer today?

    Waiting for the Lord.

    God's will be done

    Prayer techniques

    Praying with sacred objects

    Prejudices

    Birth, growth, transmission and evils of prejudices

    Racial prejudices

    Religious bigotry

    Discovering our prejudices and values

    We are blind in many areas of life - human blindness

    Purity of intention - What counts before god is not what we do but the love with which we do it.

    Holiness is found in simplicity and sincerity of heart

    Relationships

    Grow and let grow

    Being sensitive to others' needs and feelings

    Helping v/s rescuing operations

    Honesty in communication

    How to bring out the best in others

    The way others relate to us, reflects the way we relate to them

    Assertiveness, submissiveness, aggressiveness - three stances

    Accepting and respecting others

    Accept others as they are - agree to disagree

    Mutual acceptance

    Person oriented or task oriented. What are you?

    5 group-dynamic games in human relationships

    Religion and the Religious question.

    In our quest for God personal experience is better than theory.

    How much we know about God - truth and doctrine

    All men and women are searching for the truth

    The golden rule of all religions

    Belief v/s beliefs - do we truly believe

    Religiosity and religious exploitation

    Actions and rayers under compulsion have to value.

    Religious Rites and rituals - their nature and dangers.

    The worship God does not want

    Religious Life

    Virtues v/s Vows. Charismas and constitutions

    The spirit gives life, the letter kills

    Seeking:

    Seek within, not outside – True treasures are within

    All men and women are searching for the truth

    Self Themes

    Childlikeness - Unless you become like little children...

    Society’s sophistication mummifies, us kills the best in us

    Formation - Deformation- Revaluation

    Self-devaluation and self -revaluation - discovering our inner riches

    Self-esteem

    Self-confidence - believe in yourself

    Self-confidence - Face your fears

    Self- discovery. Discover who and what you are you are!

    What sort of heart you have? Check your heart!

    Discover your roots and the soil you are planted in.

    Know your inner worth. Where are your treasures?

    Self-improvement - Come to know yourself better by reflecting on the mistakes of others

    Better yourself by identifying yourself with Gospel people.

    Self-rejection

    Self-contentment : Happiness is found were you are

    Self-Games we play. Self-defenses

    Escape mechanisms

    Psychological ploys when under stress or attack -

    Self-delusions - to yourself be true.

    Inferiority complexes–status symbols

    Self-righteousness The blaming game

  • Whose fault is it

  • Self-pity - the "poor-me" complex

    How we escape unpleasant realities? Flight and fight reactions

    Self-actualization - God expects us to yield our 100% with the talents given us.

    Be what you are born to be.

    Self - Be genuine, be real, be yourself. Artificial and unnatural contrivances kill our authenticity.

    Living amidst the big, rich and sophisticated world makes us phony.

    Being alone with God in order to be you

    Self-revelation. Self- disclosure and self-revelation

    Exercise1. Epitaphs over your tomb

    Exercise2. Who are you…?

    Exercise3. My memoirs

    Exercise4. Letter writing

    Exercise5. Essay writing


    Self-revelation. Self-disclosure and self-revelation

    Exercise1. Lights and shadows

    Exercise2. Caricature drawing

    Exercise3. ymbolic sketches

    Exercise4. My tree


    Self-revelation. Self- disclosure and self-revelation

    Exercise1. Inventory list

    Exercise2. Balance sheet

    Exercise3. Life graphs


    Self-revelation. Self-disclosure and self-revelation

    Exercise1. My garden

    Exercise2. Plant and see.

    Exercise3. The river of my life.

    Exercise4. Autobiography of a thing.

    Exercise5. Preaching my own eulogy

    Exercise6. Being introduced to a new group.


    Self-revelation. Self- disclosure and self-revelation.

    Exercise1. Photo-language

    Exercise2. If I were

    Exercise3. God’s new creation

    Exercise4. On God’s judgment seat

    Exercise5. Overhearing a conversation.

    Senior citizens

    What do you nurses see?

    Social themes

    Human rights

    Social function of education

    Nature, purpose and dangers of authority in society.

    Competition as a way of life in modern society

    Social problems and evils in our world

    Withdrawal from social insolvent and responsibilities

    Pseudo-patriotism an excuse for selfish and inhuman societal exploitation.

    Civilized or uncivilized - true or false development

    Democracy - Its meaning and its worth

    The Socio-political situation in our world today

    Social Irresponsibility and lack of social awareness.

    Education as brain washing and indoctrination

    Selfish anti-social educational values upheld today.

    Old social structures and lack of social innovation are obstacles to social progress.

    True and fake social activists and reformers.

    Ritual avoidance and escaping of our social obligations.

    Birth, growth, transmission and evils of social prejudices

    Civilized or uncivilized - true or false development?

    Social Injustice and Oppression

    Exploitation of the masses - how to free them

    Actual disparities and injustices in our word

    Our unjust social order

    Economical development at the cost of the masses -

  • disparities between the children of the haves and the have-nots

    Institutionalized injustice and oppression

    Poor salaries and inhuman living conditions offered to the labor classes.>

    Social structures

    Our world's tottering structures

    Excess of structures and regulations forfeit their purpose.

    The birth of our capitalist oppressive structures and their critique.

    Democratic regimes, ‘de facto’ are exploitative systems.

    Social problem - solutions.

    To save our world, first we have to change man, then the structures.

    The social problem and its many solutions – a critique

    Social reform has to begin in a change of heart, not of structures

    First, be just to all, then charitable to the needy.

    Give just wages and treat our workers and employees as partners

    Today’s Socio -Economical systems. Capitalism, communism.

    The birth of our unjust liberal capitalist and consumerist systems.

    The genesis of our sociopolitical structures and their critique.

    Social Promotion - Faith and justice.

    The urgency of the promotion of justice by believers and unbelievers alike

    Self-proclaimed Prophets and social activists

    Pseudo-prophets and saviors

    True and fake social activists and reformers.

    Spiritual freedom

    Excerpts from the Ignatian retreat on spiritual freedom.

    Spiritual Knowledge

    Spiritual Knowledge is a matter of the heart.

    Suffering

    Suffering Brings the best in us

    Suffering helps us discover our worth. And keeps us fit...

    Suffering with Christ we become saviors

    The value of suffering

    Through suffering god makes us great

    Surrendering our sufferings to God's they turns to our advantage.

    Learn to turn your sufferings and crosses into crucifies.

    Temptations

    Passion, feelings - what are they

    Watch out - control your growing passions from the start

    Traditions

    Traditions are good and helpful, but they should not paralyze us

    We have to have the courage to try new ways

    Values

    Culling the values of our world through our modern songs

    Imbibe The holy family values.

    Find out your home lived values.

    The beatitudes of Jesus

    The beatitudes of the world

    Discovering your Values

    Ignatius retreat: 3rd petition to God

    Social function of education. Education is meant to improve society, not only individual.

    Nature, purpose, and dangers of authority in society.

    Values, especially at the home, are caught not taught

    Today’s materialistic values break off our families.

    We sacrifice our children to materialistic family expectations

    Civilized or uncivilized - true or false development

    Live a meaningful life

    Vocation

    In the Scriptures we see that God called different people to perform different tasks.

    A story of a lost vocation for lack of courage.

    God, often enough, calls the least, in the eyes of the world, to carry out his plans.

    Though God does not ‘need’ us, he ‘wants’ us to carry out his plans of salvation.

    Obstacles we have to face to hear God’s call.

    All of us have are called to build the Church of God on earth.

    Each one of us has to play his tune to his best in God’s wonderful symphony

    What’s your positioning in Christ’s football team?

    A twinkling and bewitching star in the desert sky. Different responses to God’s call.

    Unconditional generosity is wanted to do the will of God wherever He made us born.

    Short biblical thoughts for seven short pep talks on vocation.

    By doing with the right motivation whatever you have to do, you will fulfill your vocation.

    4 Vocational jottings:

    There are any hurdles in our race to follow Jesus

    Notes on general and particular christian vocations.

    Playing football

    Eucharistic prayer service

    Work

    Working hard has its treasures.

    Planting the best seed,

    Why to work and how much to work? .The value of work

    Innovation and hard work

    Worship

    The worship that God wants.

    APPENDIX

  • How to use parables and fables

  • How to conduct sessions- part 1

  • How to conduct sessions - part 2 (Lists of Starters and Activities)

  • Hints on how to prepare meaningful Eucharistic celebrations for specific groups

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