Retreat by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Due to requests from our customers we are delighted to be able to continue to provide access to Fr Denis' retreat. 

Father Denis McBride leads a FREE online retreat, based on his two books Reflecting with Paintings Vol 1 and Vol 2. We are delighted to offer the audio book on 8 CDs (with a booklet of the paintings) and the set of two books at a special discount price for the retreat. 


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Reflecting with paintings

One of the things that has always intrigued me about Jesus is how so much of his teaching he chose to do through the medium of fiction.  All his parables are fiction:each could begin ‘Once upon a time.’ Jesus asked his hearers to leave their own world and come with him into an imaginary world, and then return to their world to have an inner conversation of how they see things in the light of the parable. Jesus’ parable world is a world of great variety.  You meet all sorts of people:difficult judges, committed burglars, broken families, wounded beggars, awkward neighbours, selfish priests, eccentric employers, desperate hosts, surprised guests, wise and foolish virgins.


Paintings, too, have their own language, from pictorial to representative, to coded, to abstract, to you-name-it – communicating another world to the onlooker, another slant on looking at people and things, or simply to provoke unspoken communication between the artist’s emotions and the viewer’s. For this Lenten retreat I invite you to look at selected paintings, to imagine another world, and then to return to your own story in the hope that some inner conversation might be provoked through the strange encounters.


Denis McBride, CSsR

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Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
Praying the Rosary
Part 1





The painting in this video is:

Old Woman Praying the Rosary
by Paul Cézanne

Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
Growing up hyphenated
Part 2





The painting in this video is:

Jojo
by J. W. Miller

Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
Food for thought
Part 3





The painting in this video is:

The Promenade
by Fernando Botero

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Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
Facing the truth
Part 4





The painting in this video is:

Logo for Frankfurt Book Fair
1998


Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
Bearing up
Part 5





The painting in this video is:

Peasant Woman
​​​​​​​with Buckets and a Child

by Kasimir Malevich

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Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
Hat trick
Part 6



The painting in this video is:

Pilate's Doubt
by Sebastien Champion

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Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
Letting go
Part 7





The painting in this video is:

Pietà
by Vincent Van Gogh

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Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
When words are not enough
Part 8





The painting in this video is:

The Reconciliation of Peter
by Iain McKillop

Borrowing the Eyes
Reflecting with Paintings (Vol 1)

Awakening to Yourself
Reflecting with Paintings (Vol 2)

Reflecting with Paintings
The Audio Seminar (CD)

Reflecting with Paintings
Book set

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Using works by varied artists McBride brings the depicted characters and scenes dramatically to life, and speaks through them to us – the onlookers, the casual observers, the passers-by.

Focusing on ten paintings by artists from a range of times and cultures. We explore the thoughts and feelings of a wide variety of characters, from Joseph the husband of Mary to a lone woman in a New York cafe.

These narratives, professionally recorded in-front of an audience, provide an opportunity to encounter God, ourselves and others more deeply. Listeners will be surprised at how the stories touch them and how they highlight some of today's moral, ethical and religious issues. 8 CD's.

Get both books for £15!


Impressions of Jesus
by Denis McBride


Journeying with Jesus
a companion's guide


Jeusus & the Gospels
by Denis McBride


​​​​​​​Jesus & the Gospel
the audio retreat (Book + CDs)

In this book we meet a wide range of characters from the Gospel and share their reflections and reactions to Jesus. In a brilliantly imaginative way, we experience Jesus meeting real people in the real world in real human situations.

Journeying with Jesus is a deeply spiritual and lavishly resourced programme of study for those who want to journey side by side with our Lord during Lent, either individually or in small groups.

This book reflects on the key moments of the Jesus story as the four evangelists present them. It is an excellent workbook for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the person of Jesus and the writing of the Gospels.

These lectures were recorded by a BBC sound engineer at Hawkstone Hall before a live audience of course participants. They cover the major moments of the Jesus story and they come with a free copy of the book which provides notes, graphs and illustrations to go with the lecture series.