Lenten 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 this Lent, 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. 

Each video will be uploaded to the site first thing on each given date for you to watch. Once released, you can choose to watch each video at a day/time that suits you. Each video, once released, will stay on this webpage.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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

Available from Wednesday 24th February 2021





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

Available from Wednesday 3rd March 2021





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

Available from Wednesday 10th March 2021






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

Available from Wednesday 17h March 2021





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

Available from Wednesday 24th March 2021





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

Available from Palm Sunday - Sunday 28th March 2021



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

Available from Wednesday 31st March 2021





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

Available from Easter - Sunday 4th April 2021





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!


Lent Extra
Your Journey towards Easter


A Word for Lent
Workbook


Stations of the Resurreciton
from Easter to Pentecost


​​​​​​​Waiting on God
by Fr Denis McBride

“This time last year…” We hoped to end working from home, closed schools, lockdowns, daily statistics, trashed holiday plans, supermarket queues and online church services. We celebrated family togetherness, birdsong, sunshine, gardening, hobbies, exercises in front of the TV, our frontline heroes and heroines… 

Whether alone or in a group, these Lenten Sunday Gospel reflections provide stimulating insights and ways into deepening personal prayer and commitment to Jesus. They are simple, practical, down-to-earth, heart-warming, challenging, and open up fresh possibilities for deepening discipleship and loving friendship with Jesus.

Stations of the Resurrection is a growing contemporary devotional, spiritual and liturgical practice. Encompassing both public worship and private prayer, this book travels with the reader from the sealed tomb to Pentecost through sixteen biblical episodes.

One of the enduring themes developed throughout the biblical story is waiting on God:
​​​​​​​this is an attitude of stubborn trust in the face of adversity and a way of looking at life that remains firmly anchored in hope. This book develops a counter-cultural spirituality– a way of being that is a real gift for our present time.