Author: Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C.
New for Advent 2011 (Cycle B), this at-home, self-directed retreat follows
the same widely praised format used in the initial volume published in 2010.
Inspired by the authorís ministry with Portland, Oregonís most marginalized
people and based on the Sunday gospel readings (included), this Advent booklet
is unique in its profound challenge to find Christ in the disarming presence of
In the tradition of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Mother Teresa, Ronald
Patrick Raab, C.S.C., writes from the depths of his own conversion experiences.
Living and working among some of the poorest and most marginalized people of
Portland, Oregon, Raab struggles with the meaning of the Incarnation in todayís
fractured world and with his own calling to promote the Gospel message of
justice. His narrative style unsettles, challenges, and enlightens, yet in the
end offers the hope of Christ dwelling among us.
This retreat is based on the Sunday gospel readings for Advent 2011 (Cycle B)
and the life-anchoring lessons Raab has gleaned from them. The Unsheltered
Heart provides a simple four-step process for each day of Advent that
includes the gospel reading, personal reflections, commentaries, prayers,
writing prompts, and spaces to journal for each day. A guide for small-group use
is available for free download.