Today was the final gathering of the Advent Retreat in Daily Living I am offering at UST Law School this year. The theme of this year’s retreat is Voices of Advent.
At the beginning of the session, participants shared the fruits of their prayer during this past week with Elizabeth and John the Baptist, the voices, respectively, of blessing and joy and of preparation. We then talked more broadly about how Elizabeth and John are models for us as we continue in our Advent preparations
I then offered a reflection about the final two voices participants will pray with as we approach the end of Advent: Mary and Joseph, the voices of trust and faith. Participants will spend this last week praying with the annunciations to Mary and Joseph, as well as some other material relating to faith and trust. You can find the daily prayer material for this week here.
I inadvertently neglected to record today’s reflection. However I have spoken in the past about both Mary and Joseph.
You can listen to a reflection focused on Mary’s response to God’s invitation to participate in his plan for salvation here (from the 2008 Advent retreat):
Joseph is one of the “Models of Advent” I talk about here (from the 2010 Advent retreat):