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
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.
“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 ____________________________________________
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 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.