This week was the opening session of the Advent Retreat in Daily Living I’m offering at the University of St. Thomas. (The St. Hubert program begins On Monday evening, November 29.)
In a Retreat in Daily Living, participants commit themselves to a prayer each day and go about their daily lives as usual. Prayer material relating to the theme of the retreat is provided for each day. In addition to a daily period of personal prayer, the participants in the retreat meet for an hour each week. During this time they share their experience of prayer in small groups and I offer input on the week’s theme and address questions that come up in the course the participants’ prayer. I also talk about the prayer material for the week following the session.
This week, we started by having participants introduce themselves and talk a little about what Advent means for them and what are their hopes for this Advent season. I then gave a talk, which began by offering some general comments on a retreat of this type. I then spoke on The Promise of Advent, focusing on the different meanings of Advent and what it means that we are an Advent people. I talked both about God’s promise to us and the fact that we have a role in the fulfillment of that promise.