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  • Co-authored: Karen Shields Wright, Gregory Vigliotta

Advent Retreat: Follow The Way of Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

An 8-Day Directed or Self-Directed Retreat

As the people of Israel waited for generations for the promise of the Messiah, we share in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming by recalling the mysteries in the Gospels of Son of God becoming man for us. Advent is a time of preparation, of waiting, of longing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and a time of renewing our desire for Christ’s second coming. (CCC #524)

You may contact us for any questions on beginning this retreat, for being accompanied through it, or after for sharing your experience and reflections.

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary

Preparing for Your Retreat

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Review of Retreat Guidelines and Prayers

Links to Ways of Prayer

Night Before Preparations

Retreat Mornings - Preparatory, Lectio, Close, Reflection

Retreat Day Time - Recalling

Retreat Evenings - Examen, Journaling

Self-directed or Directed


Preparatory Prayers

Offertory Prayer

Beginning your prayer time: At the beginning of each prayer period, offer yourself to the Lord. Pray the “Take and Receive”

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,

all that I have and possess.

Thou hast given all to me.

To Thee, O Lord, I return it.

All is Thine; dispose of it wholly according to Thy will.

Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this, is sufficient for me.


Preparatory Prayer

“The preparatory prayer is to ask God Our Lord for the grace is that all my intentions ( wants and desires), actions, and operations (Interior mental activities), maybe order purely to the service in praise of the Divine Majesty” (SE 46).*

Write in your own words your intentions ­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________

Petitionary Prayer

Now, being situated within the mystery, after reading it the night before (or before the prayer period begins), we ask for what we desire from the Holy Spirit to reveal to us how we may go forth to meet the will of God.

Share your desires with the Lord for this day's retreat. ______________________________

Suggested Petitionary Prayer by St. Ignatius

Lord, grant me the grace of an "intimate knowledge of our Lord, who has become man for me, that I may love Him more and follow Him more closely." (SE 104)*

Write in your own words your prayer__________________________________________



The Mysteries

The gospels were written as an account of time past so we may know the truth.

Day 1: Beginning With Hope That God Promised A Saviour

Day 2: Moving From Shame to Trust

Day 3: Moving from Doubt to Desire

Day 4: Moving from Fear to Humility

Day 5: Moving from Gratitude to Praise

Day 6: Discernment to Obedience

Day 7: Wondering

Day 8: Proclaiming

Gathering the Graces: Review and savor God’s gifts to you during this Advent retreat. Make summary notes for your future reviews and for sharing with your spiritual director or with your faith-sharing group.

*(SE#) All quotes are taken from The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: based on Studies in the Language of the Autograph by Louis, J. Puhl. SJ. Bible passages are taken from the USCCB website.

Our Lady of the Way, Pray for us! For more information or to register for Spiritual Direction

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