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Online Advent Retreat: Walking by Starlight

An online retreat for Advent

with Fr John Udris and Avril Baigent

What qualities did the wise men exhibit as they travelled to Bethlehem? What inspired and sustained them on their pilgrim way? Attentiveness, Wonder, Courage and Trust are all distinguishing features of their remarkable journey. During this retreat we shall be exploring these key characteristics of our Advent adventure. With the help of wise men and women from our Catholic tradition we shall ponder these important dimensions of our discipleship. Join us in this exploration of the wisdom that continues to guide our steps towards the Christ-child, as we travel again to Bethlehem.

With plenty of time for prayer and contemplation, join Fr John Udris and Avril Baigent as we seize the opportunity to switch off from all the pressures on us and just ‘be’.

Thursdays through December: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 7.30-8.30pm

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You can watch live on Thursday evenings, or catch up here at any time afterwards.  Videos will be posted a day or so later each week.


Week 1: Attentiveness

In this session, Fr John prays the Prayer of Abandonment of St Charles de Foucauld – find out more about this prayer and St Charles de Foucauld here.
He also quotes Mary Oliver’s poem, Instructions for Living a Life, and Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem Inversnaid which you can find here.