“We have spent so much of 2020 physically apart from each other, or at least more distanced than ever before; the Incarnation shows how it was vital to God’s plan for him to draw near to us in the flesh as God-with-us”.
These words introduce this year’s online Advent retreat from the great Jesuit websites, Sacred Space and Pray as you Go.
It is one of many online Advent retreats provided by sources ranging from American Benedictine nuns to the Church of England, and addressing topics ranging from ‘Spirituality of the Hymns of Advent’ to ‘The Dawn of Hope’.
Get all the links at www.newpilgrimpath.ie.
Next Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. We should remember that Advent is a season, not a quick trip. It is a progressive journey to Bethlehem. The American Presbyterian theologian and writer, Frederick Buechner, points out that Bethlehem is not an end but a beginning. It is not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.
But first, we must reach Bethlehem. It may appear like a long and uncharted journey, as it must have seemed to the Magi. Like them, we need some help along the way. This week, we introduce a range of varied and valuable online Advent retreats to light our Advent journey.
Some are one day events and some continue through the four weeks of Advent.
NOTE: if you experience difficulty in accessing any of the retreats, note the start date! Some do not begin until next weekend.