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Let it be to me (MDT)

7th December 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A preparation day in Advent led by John-Francis Friendship

Do you long for deeper union with God? Are you so busy that your life has become work, or ministry-orientated, and prayer is simply an adjunct or support for what you do? Do you still yearn for, long for, desire with your whole heart, to be at one with God? If so, then this day is designed for you.

Our day will be divided into four sessions focusing on themes reflecting the ways God prepares us to receive the Word:

  • 9.00 Introduction and Opening Prayer
  • 9.30 Session one : On loving God (Song of Songs)
  • 11.00 Session two : Listening in darkness (Ps.139)
  • 12.00 Midday Prayer
  • 1.45 Session three : Blest are the pure in heart (John 15.1-11)
  • 2.45 Session four : A seed is sown (Matthew 13. 1-9)
  • 3.45 Closing Prayer

Each session will begin with a talk which includes suggestions for lectio divina – that ‘holy listening’ to the word of God which is done alone and in silence. Afterwards, small groups will be created for you to share your own insights and listen to what others offer before engaging in any conversation.

The intention of these sessions is that you will spend time in the presence of the Lord and listen to his word speaking into your heart; wonder at the way God chose a woman through whom to be revealed; connect more deeply with your heart and discover a fresh desire to pray.

After a career in business, John-Francis Friendship TSSF entered Religious Life in 1976 and spent 25 years with the (Anglican) Society of St. Francis during which time he was ordained to the priesthood. From 2001 – 2011 he was Rector of a parish in London and was released from his Vows.

He is now a member of the Franciscan Third Order and, in addition to priestly ministry, offers Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Supervision. He also leads Quiet Days, Retreats and day Courses and continues to assist in parishes when invited.

In 2018 his first book, Enfolded in Christ – the Inner Life of a Priest was published and his second, The Mystery of Faith – Introducing Christian belief, in 2019. A third, What Do You Seek – Wisdom of Religious Life, will appear in September 2021.

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7th December 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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