Advent Guard of the Heart

“To Value the Things That Really Matter”

Advent 2021
November 26–28, 2021
New Melleray Abbey

The Heart was made to admire. We admire what is important to us. What is important to us becomes a value. It forms our character, the kind of person we become.

St. Paul, on the Second Sunday of Advent, counsels the Philippians “to value the things that really matter.” (Phil. 1:9-11) During the Christmas season the secular world offers many things that might “matter.”  At this retreat we will focus on guarding the heart. The life of Jesus Christ that will begin at Christmas was one of admiration for the Father. It made Him the kind of person we can admire. We’ll talk about admiration and guarding the orientation of our hearts at Advent.

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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