Advent 2020 Online Retreat: Faith in the impossible

Carmelite Advent Retreat
Blessed Mary of the Incarnation
Madame Acarie

Dear friends, here we are once again to invite you to experience this Advent in a spirit of communion through an online retreat prepared especially for you by the Discalced Carmelite friars. 

If you have registered already and received the meditations from one of the previous retreats, you do not need to register again.

However, don’t hesitate to extend an invitation to your friends and acquaintances so that they can register using the form on the website:

We suggest that you share this link with your Christian community, parish, ecclesial movement, association, or prayer group. You also can promote this initiative through social media.

Printable posters are available, too.

Inviting others to pray through the retreat is an excellent way to evangelize and witness to your faith.

This Advent, we embark on a journey of faith in the impossible with the mystic and woman of action, Blessed Mary of the Incarnation, who was the foundress of the Discalced Carmelite nuns in France, better known to many of us as Madame Acarie.

At the end of November you will receive the introductory text of this retreat. Then you will receive the meditations for each of the 4 weeks of Advent and Christmas, with the following themes:

  • Week 1: “Keep awake!” – virginity and vigilance
  • Week 2: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” – obedience and freedom
  • Week 3: “I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal” – action and contemplation
  • Week 4: “Let it be with me according to your word” – Ecclesial fruitfulness
  • Christmas: Divine humility – childlike spirit

The content will be available so that you may organize your moments of meditation during the week. The texts were prepared by Discalced Carmelite friars from Avon, France, and the translation into English was prepared by Secular Carmelites from North America.

The online retreat is free of charge. You can register or unsubscribe at any time.

If you have any difficulty in receiving the meditations, please send an email to:

With this invitation to the online retreat, we extend our sincere wishes for a blessed Advent!

fr. Roberto Maria OCD
for the Discalced Carmelites in Austria

Copyright © 2020 Teresian Carmelites in Austria

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