BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Wellspring is a Catholic spirituality center that offers spiritual growth opportunities such as classes and retreats and promotes contemplative spirituality. The center is owned and operated by The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales and operates on a basic vision that all of God’s people are called to holiness and that it is possible for all to live a contemplative life style while being active in ministry.
WELLSPRING ADVENT RETREAT
Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
The season of Advent is meant to be a deeply spiritual experience. It reminds
us that our faith in God, our hope in His promises and our love for Him
and each other are the greatest wealth that we possess.
Join us at Wellspring as we reflect on ways to grow in faith, hope, and love
as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child.
Fr. Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.
To register, please email us at email@example.com
9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
The Mother of Compassion Shrine
is open daily for prayer and reflection.
first Sunday of advent
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, we begin the Season of Advent. Celebrating the Season of Advent every year has been one of the most joyful traditions of all Christian communities. Advent is a time of watching and waiting, of eager longing for the Messiah, for the one who can heal us, save us, make us whole. In waiting, we must await God coming in His time, in His season, in His way. In waiting, we may often wait alone. Others may leave, may give up, may not care, may be busy about many things. But we must wait in silence, in solitude, in prayer. We must wait empty, open, poor, hungry, thirsty, longing……We must make space for the Messiah, for He comes in His time.
The Season of Advent is a time of joyful, faith-filled waiting. We are invited to consider the weeks of preparation for Christmas as an opportunity for nurturing a spirituality of waiting in expectation - not a passive, inactive, idle, and unimaginative presence in space and time - but a dynamic, active, and positively imaginative waiting - a spiritual posture of waiting and longing for Christ, praying and preparing for his ultimate appearance among us - a spirituality of hope, simple and pure optimism about us and the world around us. Each week we are encouraged to deepen our spirituality even further, personally and as a faith community.
Dynamic waiting, positive thinking, optimistic living, hope-filled anticipation, and joyful and faith-filled presence are to characterize all our Advent days and nights because we wait for Jesus, the incarnation of God’s steadfast, unconditional, everlasting, and ever faithful love. Jesus came to liberate all people from all forms of enslavement: sickness, poverty, injustice, corruption, inequality and so on. Jesus, in words and deeds, taught us that salvation and liberation are not simply otherworldly realities - they are to shape and form and transform our life.
The Season of Advent is meant to be a deeply spiritual experience. It reminds us that our faith in God, our hope in His promises and our love for Him and each other are the greatest wealth that we possess. It reminds us that we are a privileged people, a people blessed and graced by God’s unconditional love revealed in Jesus; that God has not abandoned the world. He breaks into our history. He enters into our history. The birth of Jesus, the incarnation, is real. The presence of or even the height of evil must not discourage us. The apparent brokenness and disintegration will be healed. God continues to bring about healing, integrity, and wholeness.
This year our Sunday Scripture readings are from “Cycle C” of the Lectionary. Thoughts of “justice and peace” permeate the Scripture readings of the four Sundays of Advent. God will raise a “just shoot” in the line of David, who will restore God’s people and who will establish justice and peace for all. Jesus came proclaiming “justice and peace” for all. We continue his mission…we dream of justice and peace…we work for justice and peace…and we live in justice and peace. Let this season of Advent call us to and bless us with “Justice and Peace”
To read more, click on “Sunday Reflections” below.