Advent Reflections: Solitude, Silence, Prayer

As we prepare ourselves during Advent for the Christ Child’s birth, we invite you to light Advent candles, read, reflect, and discuss Nouwen’s 94-page book, The Way of the Heart, with us on Advent Wednesdays, Dec. 6th, 13th and 20th, at 6–7 pm in the Von Holt Room. A guided discussion on the book’s three sections: Solitude, Silence, & Prayer may bring you insight and better understanding of centuries old practices of solitude, silence and prayer. Please RSVP to if you can join us for Advent Wednesdays.

“The Way of the Heart – The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers; 1981 Priest Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) explores what it means to flee from the world, thus, the question of solitude. He defines silence as an essential element of a spiritual ministry and challenges us with the vocation to pray, always. Nouwen (now-wen) was born and educated in the Netherlands and authored many theological books. (see

You may purchase a book at the Cathedral office for $5, or order your own copy.

Please follow these links to our three interactive discussion pages:

December 6: Solitude

December 13: Silence

December 20: Prayer