I know. I have not posted another Advent Retreat with St. Alphonsus Liguori for a few days. No it is not JUST because I tend to waste time. I am having trouble with the book. It is probably because it is a book of excerpts instead of the real deal.
Confession time. I have a visceral aversion to excerpts when the primary source is not available. It goes way back, as I am a primary source kinda gal. But my disdain and mistrust of such excerpts was fortified by an experience deacon and I had in a moral theology class.
We were given a handout with a page (or two) of quotes from Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. The choice of quotes completely contradicted Chesterton. But it did serve to bolster the teachers progressive agenda.
I know because as soon as we got home, I proof checked my copy of Orthodoxy. When I approached the teacher he did not respond. I never returned to his class. Any credibility that he had with me was destroyed. Unfortunately my poor husband had to continue attending his class.
But I am not going to give up on the retreat with the Saint, as I think that I have been given the task from God. Maybe. You see the book, Preparation for Death had been stashed away in my book case for about a decade. Untouched. Untouched until I woke up one morning thinking about the book and picturing it clearly in my mind.
God tends to reach my like that; probably because I don’t always listen to Him.
So I will persevere and get back to you.
Until then reflect on this post, Living an Advent Culture. Enjoy!