Listen, listen, wait in silence,
For the One, from whom all mercy flows.
During the holy season of Advent, we are a waiting people. Just as the Jewish people of the 1st century awaited the long-expected Messiah and still, in our day, look for Messiah’s coming, those who accept Jesus as the fulfillment of this promise, spend the four weeks before Christmas in joyful expectancy each year. At this start of Advent, we gather to reflect on what waiting means for the birth of God with Us. We wait for the One who is “already, but not yet,” who is among us yet always longing to be born anew in deepened ways in our hearts. In this weekend retreat, we will make space together for God’s Presence to be invited in and renewed among us near the start of our Advent journey. Prayer, reflections, group sharing, music, and above all, stillness, will remind us of the potential and power of waiting in the expectant silence of our heart’s longing for Jesus, a Divine Gift of grace and mercy to the human family and all creation. Guided by Amy Kulesa.
This is a silent retreat. Lodging room check-in begins at 3pm on Friday and the retreat will begin after dinner.
Amy Kulesa serves as the Director of Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA. She earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the Epiphany Certification Program from the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality in Pittsburgh, PA, and a graduate of the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute. A Third Order Franciscan, she offers spiritual direction and enjoys facilitating retreats in which participants have the opportunity to discern the narrative of their own lives within the larger story of God’s abundant healing, grace and mercy.