Advent 2020 - Join our 'Camino'
Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:01
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB invites you to join the Salesians and the Presentation Sisters in a series of reflections this Advent
Most of us are well acquainted with the concept of a 'pilgrimage'; many of us will have been to Rome, Lourdes, or the Holy Land on pilgrimage. We go for more than just a holiday: we journey with others to a Holy Place. In the Middle Ages, the tomb of St James in the Spanish town of Compostela was a popular pilgrimage centre; with no modern transport links, the pilgrims would have to reach their destination on foot, often taking weeks to get there.
However, it is in the journeying that the real spirit of pilgrimage is found; pilgrims would take off from various locations across Europe and follow the ancient way or CAMINO. As we journey to what will certainly be a very different Christmas 2020, we invite you to join us on the Advent Camino, where we will offer a short reflection and prayer for each day.
We have learnt a lot about our families, friends, and ourselves over these past few months of lockdown and challenge. We have had to re-imagine what it is to be Church and community and, while it has not always been easy, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of others.
As we make this Advent Camino together, let us continue to pray for each other and please contact us if you want special intentions mentioned. In this Camino, more than ever before in modern times, we are walking towards the loving embrace of God, the true light who comes to us at Christmas in the form of a child, with trust and wonder. Share that trust, share that wonder, as we share this Advent Way together.
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB
The reflections will be sent out by email each Saturday for the week ahead, to all those who have subscribed to our 'Seasonal Reflections' email list. If you are not yet subscribed but you'd like to join our Advent Camino, please click this link, enter your name and email address, and select 'Seasonal Reflections', or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the Seasonal Reflections email list.
The reflections will be available in a format that can be printed out and shared with friends and family who may not have access to email, and we encourage you do to this, so that in these times, when so many are becoming isolated, we can reach out with your help to all those who would like to share the Camino but are restricted by their access to technology.
We are also offering an interactive Advent Retreat Day via Zoom on 12 December 2020 (We also plan to make a version of this available later to those who cannot take part in a Zoom event). Click here to find out more and register for the event.
(Photo: the Pilgrim sculpture at Alto del Perdón, Pamplona, by Leila Brocker on Pixabay)