The Sisters at the Family Life Center in Pocatello, Idaho offered an Advent Retreat entitled Mary Waits on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8.  In her presentation, Sister Mary Colman Pyle drew parallel feelings of activities in the retreatants’ lives with those feelings Mary possibly would have felt in the involvements she and those around her had experienced. Accompanying the presentation were pictures of famous paintings of the events of Mary’s life.

In the afternoon Sister Mary Matthew Morrisroe presented on the Advent mystery of waiting. The question “why does God call us to wait for so many things  in life?” was explored through quotes from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A time of meditation in front of the Blessed Sacrament and small group discussions provided the participants time to reflect on their experiences of waiting, and the opportunities that they have to grow in patience, hope, faith and love through “having to wait” both in joyful and sorrowful times in our lives. Waiting provides a time to grow in holiness!

The Sisters at Family Life Center, Pocatello, Idaho discuss Advent themes with retreatants.