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.