St. Matthew’s Infancy Story

God working through people

Advent 2019
Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 2019
New Melleray Abbey


Read the first two chapters of St. Matthew’s gospel. Notice the prominent role of St. Joseph. It is his compassion that prepares the way for the central event of human history. It is not ordinary compassion, but a higher compassion that Jesus will also show and in which we are called to participate.

Matthew’s infancy story stresses how God works through people. Will we participate in this? In the flight into Egypt and the slaughter of the Holy Innocents we see that, from the beginning, “if the world hated me, it will hate you.” We will consider His teaching to “abide in me” and go forth to carry on His mission as our respective lives indicate.

This silent retreat will begin with 5:30 p.m. Vespers on Friday and the retreat will conclude after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday morning with a closing blessing. A suggested donation of $170 is asked of those staying at the abbey guesthouse.

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