If you look it up, advent means the “beginning of something new”. In Christianity, Advent is the season for looking to the coming of the Christ, the intervention of the immutable God in time and space.
Our time and space, still present and active today.
In the spirit of getting ready for the coming of our Lord, I wanted to put together a few of the zillions of good resources out there for celebrating a meaningful Advent this year … so for you and your family, here goes!
A Few Resources
I am including just a few resources that, I hope, will perhaps be helpful. In particular,
- Dominican Friars. As a service to the Church, some Dominic Friars (aka the Order of Preachers) in cooperation with Catholic Exchange are going to put up an article each week (on the Thursday before the particular week), and a corresponding video (hopefully) soon thereafter. The first article, Reclaiming the Mystery of Advent, Part One: The Meaning of Advent has already been posted, and it portends well for the series. Check back each Thursday for the installment for the following week, and periodically for the videos.
- Making Advent a Reality. A nice editorial about one family’s quest to reclaim Advent and Christmas.
- The Gift Box. An interesting practice to bring children into the anticipation of the birth of Jesus, by Tom and April Hoopes of National Catholic Register.
- Advent Resources. Lots of links and ideas from CatholicMom.com.
- Celebrating Christ’s Advent. A brief, yet typically meaty exhortation by Arch. Raymond Burke of St. Louis.
- Advent FAQ. from americancatholic.org
- Homeschooling Advent Resources. from a Catholic homeschooling site.
- Advent Reading and More for Kids. from another Catholic homeschooling site. Check out several of the posts, and look at the list of books on the left margin.
- Advent on Wiki. The obligatory, surprisingly decent wiki article.
I’ll leave you with a few words from Arch. Burke’s exhortation (above).
Our Lord gives us the Season of Advent to open our eyes anew to His Coming at Christmas, His Coming in the Church, and His Coming on the Last Day. He gives us the Season of Advent to inspire and strengthen our hearts to welcome Him with love and to remain in His company always, until we are perfectly with Him forever in Heaven.
May the Season of Advent be strong in grace for you, filling you with wonder and gratitude before the mystery of God’s unceasing and immeasurably great love of you in Jesus Christ.
I hope that your Advent rocks!