Advent, my favorite time in the liturgical calendar, begins on Sunday. I’m giving a four week Advent Retreat in Daily Living at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, which began this week. The participants commit to pray each day with material I provide them with and we meet weekly, during which meetings I give a brief talk that relates to the material they will be praying with that week. The participants are also given time during the weekly meeetings to share with each other in small groups their prayer experience from the prior week and we address any questions that have come up in the prayer.
Each week, I will post a link to the talk I give at the session as well as the prayer material for the week. This will allow you the opportunity to pray along with the retreatants during this Advent season as we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas.
During the first session, my talk consisted of an introduction to the retreat and some commetnary about the prophets, with a focus on Isaiah, as the prayer material for this week concerns the prophets of Advent and the prophets in our lives. You can find the talk here . The prayer material for this first week of the retreat, which I give some explanation of during the latter part of the talk, can be found here.