Isolating at home but praying ‘With Jesus in the Desert’

The ‘With Jesus in the Desert’ online retreat invites people to use their time in isolation in a prayerful way (Jesuit Communications)

Many Australians are now living in social isolation. This is a testing time. But it also offers an opportunity for prayerful reflection and a chance to make an online retreat, “With Jesus in the Desert”. Source: Jesuit Communications.

Jesuit Communications has prepared an online retreat suitable for the 14 days of mandatory isolation prescribed for those in close contact with people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It may also be suitable for other people who are self-isolating and socially distancing from others.

With Jesus in the Desert: A Retreat for a Time of Isolation offers a program for praying on the Gospels for each day of the retreat, and a way of reflecting on the movements of the heart each day.

Although planned for 14 days, the resource can be adapted.

The retreat has suggestions for each of the days. It is meant to be a help – a servant and not a master. Retreatants are free to follow it through or to pick out particular days. A shorter retreat that keeps the basic pattern could involve days 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 12 and 14.

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With Jesus in the Desert: A Retreat for a Time of Isolation (Jesuit Communications)

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