"During Advent, as we accept the renewed coming of Divine light,
we receive encouragement to open to God’s coming in any way that He may choose.
This is the disposition that opens us completely to the light."
- Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ
"Advent is the beginning of the end of all in us that is not yet Christ."
- Thomas Merton
Encouraging a disposition of silence and stillness during this sacred and yet busy time of the year, this e-course for Advent will use focus on the practices of Centering Prayer and variations of Lectio Divina – quiet, receptive reflection using Scripture, art (Visio Divina) and music (Musica Divina). The teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and other mystical writers will also explore the great themes of this season as they inform and enrich the contemplative life. These themes include: silence & stillness; beauty & splendor; inner preparation & expectation; Light; becoming; Incarnation.
The retreat content will be shared via email, video and audio recordings, images, as well as links to musical selections. The Spirit will come alive as we witness and share our reflections and experiences in the online Practice Circle.
Mary Anne Best, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Pamela Begeman will facilitate this retreat.
Partial scholarships are available through Contemplative Outreach. Please inquire at email@example.com.