The Unsheltered Heart

The Unsheltered Heart

An At-Home Advent Retreat (Cycle C) 

Author: Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C.

Price: $5.95

Format: Booklet

Pages: 96

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-296-8

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: August 27, 2012

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Award-winning author Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C., makes Advent a transformative journey through spiritual direction within a daily pattern of prayer, reflection, and action in The Unsheltered Heart: An At-Home Advent Retreat (Cycle C). Raab draws on his life and ministry at the St. André Bessette Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon, where his daily encounters with people living with poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental illness complicate the meaning of the Incarnation in a fractured world. His narrative style unsettles, challenges, and enlightens, yet in the end offers the hope of Christ dwelling among us. The Unsheltered Heart provides a popular five-step retreat format for each day of Advent: pray, read, reflect, write, and act. The Sunday gospel readings for each week of the season underpin the retreat and a guide for optional reflection in small groups is available for free download.

Ideal Uses for The Unsheltered Heart: An At-Home Advent Retreat:

  • Advent small groups
  • Parish retreats
  • Social justice teams


"A balance between prayer and action."

"The genius of this retreat is the balance between prayer and action. God will pitch a tent in the broken places of your heart and you will be nudged toward inner growth by the transforming power of the Incarnation."

Greg Rohde
Director of Parish Social Ministry
Catholic Charities
Archdiocese of St. Louis

"What we really need is to become unsheltered."

"Each day of this retreat has one praying, 'O God, unshelter my heart. . . .' Most of us want God to shelter and protect us, but Ron Raab suggests that what we really need is to become unsheltered, cracked open, deeply vulnerable and wake up to our solidarity with the suffering poor in whom God dwells."

Sister Marilyn Lacey, R.S.M.
Author of This Flowing Toward Me

"A welcome respite."

"The simple, practical format of this daily guide makes it not another obligation, but a welcome respite for those wishing to deepen their Advent prayer and renewal."

Bernadette Gasslein
Editor of Celebrate!

The Unsheltered Heart: Exploring the Spiritual Riches of Advent with Fr. Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C.

The Unsheltered Heart: Exploring the Spiritual Riches of Advent with Fr. Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C.