Starlight: A Retreat Guide for Advent on the Three Wise Men

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Advent is a journey within a journey. The journey of the Three Wise Men who followed a star to Bethlehem, a journey which the entire Church celebrates on the Solemnity of Epiphany as the culmination of the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas, is like a living parable.

The core of the parable is the Magi’s journey: The Magi undertook a journey to encounter God. And isn’t that what every Christian life is, in its essence, a journey to the definitive encounter with God?

In this Retreat Guide, you will follow along with the Magi as they follow their Star, learning how to face and overcome the difficulties that they had to face and overcome, and finding new ways to place your treasures at the feet of the Lord.

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    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with this Retreat Guide. If the video stops and starts, you may be having trouble with your internet connection or the ability to stream video. If this is the case, you may want to download the Retreat Guide to your computer/device and then play it from there. The download doesn’t take very long and you will avoid using data while watching the videos. This feature is available for all our Retreat Guides. Along the bottom of the video, you will see a box with an arrow in it. If you click on this, it will give you the option to download. I hope this helps!

  1. Thanks FAther John for this guide, we all are waiting to get again our hearts moved by the light of the star of Bethelem. A time for rejoice in the Mercy Of God, and trust in the talents he still give us.

  2. MUCH FOOD FOR THOUGHT FATHER JOHN THANK YOU THE TUG IN MY HEART IS NOT TO WASTE MY GIFTS LIKE THE SERVANT WHO BURIED HIS TALENT RATHER TO STEP OUT IN MY LOVE FOR THE LORD TO SERVE HIM IN WHATEVER WAY HE HAS CALLED ME. GREAT TO RECEIVE THE ASSURANCE FROM THIS RETREAT THAT I CAN DO EXACTLY THAT FOR HIS GLORY AND HONOUR AS I REMAIN OPENED TO HIS GRACES
    BLESSINGS NOREEN OTTAWA ON CANADA

  3. Wow! I,too want to thank you Fr John. I praise God for you; that you accepted the grace to serve Him and those of us who have grown so much closer and obedient to Jesus reading and listening to you speak His truths into our lives.
    I serve as a coordinator of a WWP chapter on the Chesapeake Bay. This is a marvelous retreat and I will share as much of it as is possible with my leadership team, as well as, family and friends!.
    Again, thank you for the scholarship and inspiration I found here today. In Christ, Martha

  4. I never thought of this parable in light that Jesus was shortly to undergo his passion and leave his new found church. When I was listening to you Fr. John, it overcame me that what a marvelous and hidden way of Jesus to tell his disciples to increase his flock/church. We are given the knowledge of Jesus’s kingdom, we have children/friends/family; do we multiple and double his followers? Or do we just keep the beautiful gift of our faith to ourselves, no evangelization. For it is safe and non confronting to keep Jesus safe and buried inside our homes, sometimes not even challenging our Godchildren whom we made a commitment to. Yes to share our talents, but also to evangelize our faith and multiple his flock. Don’t keep it to yourself – spread the faith (Jesus’s love) everywhere!

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