Some Ideas This Advent

Looking for easy ways to become a little more peaceful this Advent?  While certainly not exhaustive, the list below is a start.  Hopefully listening to these daily reflections will help, but there are other resources too.

Best Advent Ever from Dynamic Catholic (click this link for more info and to sign up (it’s free!))

“Beginning the first Sunday of Advent (November 27) and continuing every day until December 26, you’ll receive short inspirational videos, practical tips, or free Christmas music that will help you slow down during the busy Christmas season to focus on what’s really important in life.  Don’t miss the opportunity to make this your best Advent (and Christmas) ever.”

Lectio Divina for Advent (from the USCCB)

Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Latin phrase “lectio divina” may be translated as “divine reading.”  As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method of lectio divina follows four steps:

  • lectio (reading)
  • meditatio (meditation)
  • contemplatio (contemplation)
  • and oratio (prayer).

Use these Lectio Divina guides to meditate, contemplate, and pray on your spiritual preparation for Advent and Christmas.

Family Advent Calendar 2016

Looking for something to do in your family?  This calendar has an idea for each day of Advent.

BustedHalo Advent

Busted Halo is a website geared for teen and young adult ministry.  This link has resources for Advent they have created.  Included is a digital Advent Calendar, a virtual retreat and more.

Homily for Sunday, November 30, 2014

Readings for Today

Sssssh! Watch out! Wake up! Get with it! Shape up! Listen! How many of these warning phrases that call for your attention have you used or heard? I suspect most, if not all of us, have heard or used these phrases or ones that are similar. Sometimes we just need to get someone’s attention. We need to shake someone out of a comfort zone, or a lazy zone, or a time of inattention, that we use these phrases. Each of us can become, usually without even realizing it, inattentive to what is really important.

Depending on the circumstance and situation, and depending upon what we are doing, these phrases can be life saving. The passenger who alerts (or even wakes up) a distracted or sleepy driver can really be a life saver. The teacher who reminds children in a science lab of the importance of safety can do the same thing. The parent who becomes distracted for even a moment can learn how quickly a child can do something.

It is not simply that we need these reminders from others. It is not simply the case that we can be distracted from events in the outside world, it is that we can even be distracted within ourselves. We can cease to consider the importance of following God in our lives. We can become distracted spiritually. And at these moments of spiritual distraction, we need the wake up call. We need God to come charging into our lives to get us back on the right track.

But the fix for spiritual inattentiveness is quite ironic. Because even though we know that God can come crashing into our lives, often the best way for this to occur is when we can cast aside the distractions that got us into trouble in the first place. As busy as these weeks before Christmas can be, they are not always busy with spiritual things. The world around us, the shopping for gifts, the decorating and the parties can sometimes remove us from the real meaning of the incarnation.

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