Welcome to Our Online 2017 Advent and Christmas Season Retreat
During this most blessed time of Advent, you are invited to participate in this online retreat with members of the Lasallian family from around the world.
This year’s retreat theme is You Are Invited. As we read in the Gospel of Luke of the angels’ invitation to the Shepherds to “not be afraid” and to come and see the Christ child, we too are invited to experience the life giving presence of God through the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle recognized that divine invitations come to us in all manner of revelation. Do we have the eyes of faith to see? Do we have the ears of faith to listen? Do we have the courage of faith to respond? Do we have the zeal of faith to proclaim? Let us take time this Advent to cultivate an awareness of the invitations in our lives. What are we being invited to? What “divine invitations” are in need of an RSVP?
The four weeks of Advent provide a sacred time in which we are invited to be present and mindful to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we prepare to celebrate the holy feast of Christmas. Advent beckons us to cultivate and deepen our sense of remembering that we are in the holy presence of God, that as disciples of Jesus Christ we are to work to bring about the reign of God, we are to be people of mercy and justice and that we must respond to the call of God in our life and be vigilante in our hope filled actions.
For our Advent Retreat we offer Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s Method of Interior Prayer as a guide for personal reflection based on the Sunday Gospel Reading. The Method of Interior Prayer is a spiritual gift to us from the Founder. The prayer invites us to slow down and spend time aware of the presence of God and of the actions of the Holy Spirit as the “Divine Disturber” our lives.
Advent Peace and Christmas Blessings,
Associate Executive Director, Office for Mission and Ministry