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Here are three pieces of Advent for Lent from some of our retreat speakers:
1) How to respond in times of temptation
“We must never enter into a dialogue with the enemy. Rather, we must enter into a dialogue with the Word of God who desires to speak to us, who desires to lead us and guide us and sustain us and protect us…
In the Garden of Eden, we saw how Eve entered into a dialogue with the enemy and was defeated. Mary, on the other hand, entered into a dialogue with the Word of God and fulfilled God’s plan. She pondered on the angel’s greeting. That word ‘pondered’ in Greek is the word ‘dialogue.’
Jesus never entered into a dialogue with the enemy. In fact, he refuted his proposals by quoting and by claiming the Word of God. He said, “It is written man does not live on bread alone, but from every word that comes from the mouth of God.” You see, friends, God’s Word has to become flesh in our lives.” – Michelle Karen D’Silva
2) How to accept that you need God’s grace, constantly:
“The Lord invites you to come to Him whenever you feel weary and find life burdensome… In the Bible, there’s some variation of “Do not be afraid” at least 365 times, so at least once for every day of the year. Which is kind of consoling, because it means the Lord wants us to come to Him whenever we’re feeling weary and we find life burdensome.
But at the same time, it’s a humbling thing because it means we’re always freaking out, right? And the idea, here, that I want to convey is that we’re called to get used to that — We’re the ones that always need to receive, which would ordinarily be a cause for concern, except for the fact that God is real, God is our father, and He’s the one who always gives. And we can rely on that, we can count on that.
So we can come to Him all the time, and again, the idea is to make that kind of normative. We never graduate from being this open wound who’s in need of the salvific grace of God the Father.” — Fr. Eric Mah
3) Why persevering in prayer is worth the effort:
“Prayer is like sitting in the sun. Prayer is like the Lord’s sandpaper. Prayer is like the steady drip of water upon a rock. We might not always feel what’s happening, but over time, our Lord will smooth out our rough edges…” — Dr. Andrew Swafford