New Year's Retreat: Singing the Music of the Incarnation 2018

Friday, 29 December 2017 3:00 PM - Tuesday, 2 January 2018 10:00 AM PST

31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA, 93563, United States

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Friday, 29 December 2017 3:00 PM - Tuesday, 2 January 2018 10:00 AM PST

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New Year's Retreat: Singing the Music of the Incarnation 

Friday, December 29 - Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Retreat Description: It is appropriate to ponder the gift of the Incarnation and its impact on our personal lives at this time of the year. The presenter will share insights from a French Benedictine nun, musician, and philosopher: Elisabeth-Paule Labat (1897-1975), drawing from her books in English: The Presence of God (Paulist, 1980) and The Song that I Am: On the Mystery of Music (Cistercian Publications, 2014). A glimpse of her theology can be found in a passage from her first book: "By the mystery of the incarnation, our human nature as been assumed and implicitly saved by the Word of God. We give our consent to this, echoing and extending the fiat of the Virgin and the whole Church, and the Word made flesh assumes our person He, as it were, accepts responsibility for the whole of our being and our entire destiny." (The Song That I Am is available in the Abbey bookstore.)  


Presenter: Father Francis Benedict has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and an MS in Theology from Mt. Angel in Oregon. He was ordained a priest in 1976. He served as the Abbey's abbot for 16 years. His special areas of ministry include spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working with 12-step recovery groups. In addition to many responsibilities at the Abbey, he now serves as the Director of Oblates.  

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