for these 12 Days of Christmas, Let’s Cradle Hope Together

As 2020 draws to a close, Let’s Cradle Hope

Dear Gentle Readers, 

I invite you to join me in a “silent communion of Christmas pilgrims” in an online retreat hosted by my dear friends, Dr. Almut Furchert and Dr. Chuck Huff, with their beautiful baby daughter Hannah, in a 12-days-of-Christmas guided journey to help us cradle hope. 

This is a journey where seekers like us from around the globe will “take a break from the hustle and bustle, to breathe, and to wonder, guided and sustained by wise women and men before us  (including Mary, Joseph, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard, Rumi, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard and others),” Almut explains. 

It is also an individual journey, with built-in flexibility to help us “explore anew what Christmas might mean to each of us, while creating a breathing space for you, guiding you through readings and practices from Holy Night to the threshold of the Old and the New Year and all the way to Epiphany on a quiet interior journey in your own pace and time.” 

Spiritual Gifts to Unwrap

Beginning Christmas Eve at 10:00, and every morning for the 12 days of Christmas at approximately 9 am CST, we will find a new gift to unwrap—a photo and contemplation around a theme to ponder for 3-10 minutes. We can revisit it later if we have time, and even unpack the deeper contemplation, if we want to, each according to our own needs, schedules, and desires. We will make time for gently allowing the hope of Christmas to come to us wherever and however we are.  

We will meet in a virtual space, and as participants we may be mostly silent to each other, but in my experience this is a prayerfully and intuitively facilitated by these two exceptional retreat leaders in real time, creating a sense of true presence. 

“Though we have carefully choreographed the movement of spirit through the 12 Days we do not know the words yet ourselves,” Almut writes. “Since we travel through the 12 Days just as you do, we will write for all of us as the spirit moves us. We hope this ensures that what we offer will be what you need.” 

We’ll Be Together in Spirit

If you are attracted to the timeless wisdom found through the ages in the compositions of Christian / Contemplative philosophers, poets, musicians, and artists, then I encourage you to visit the virtual gathering space of Cloister Seminars

Bookmark the link, or if you’d like to receive email notifications in your inbox, subscribe to the retreat newsletter here. 

I look forward to being with you in spirit on this journey. 

God bless us, everyone.

May we all cradle hope during this difficult season,
and may God awe us again this Christmas season
with unexpected and improbable appearances
of Joy, Peace, and Love.

“Sacred Heart Chapel Dome through Gathering Place skylight at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN” ©Almut Furchert, 2017. Used with permission.