Vocation Discernment Retreat Weekend

"For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
(Luke 2:11)


Advent is:

. . . the silent slumber of the Infant
         within the Virgin Mother's womb
. . . the silent Heartbeat
         within every Consecrated Host

. . . the mystery of the Treasure
         revealed in Time . . .
       yet Hidden until
            the End Times . . .


. . . the Magnificent cry of the Church:
         "Come Lord Jesus!"
       to be fulfilled and completed
                in
           His Second Coming

Advent is . . .

      His Infant slumber in Her womb . . .
      His Eucharistic Heartbeat . . .

  The Mystery and Magnificence
      of:    Emmanuel . . . God with us!

Advent: Mary Our Model

"The Virgin Mary pregnant with Jesus, the Redeemer of the world, becomes the model for Christians and especially for contemplatives who devote their entire lives to living hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3).  Being quietly present to this mystery of Christ dwelling and growing within us is a simple yet profound path to living Advent in a deepened spirit of prayer.  No matter what we are doing throughout the day, Christ is living within us . . . We work, we pray, we recreate, we rest, and all the while we are 'Christbearers' who carry hidden deep within us the life of Christ who by grace is growing more and more in our hearts.  Being mindful of this great truth spontaneously draws our scattered minds and hearts into prayers.  'The life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me,'" says the Apostle Paul (Gal 2:20).  
(From the Advent 2019 Circular Letter of Mother Catherine Marie, CP, Mother President of the Congregation of the Nuns of the Passion of Jesus Christ)

The Contemplative Passionist Life