During the liturgical season of Advent, we take time to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ birth at Christmas. Check out these additional resources you and your family could use to go deeper in your faith. 


Books

Ascension Press invites you to journey with them through Advent with their book Rejoice! Finding Your Place in the Advent Story. What does God want this Advent? Simple. He wants you. He want a personal encounter with you. Through this program you’ll learn about the places, people, and events that shaped the story of the very first Advent and shape our own lives today. Together with the guided meditation videos, this journal will help you to see the how the people, places, and events of the first Advent affected Jesus’s story. You will take time to look at the people, places, and events in your own life, to see how the Lord is shaping your story, today. Learn more here.

Bishop Robert Barron with Word on Fire provides daily reflections on the Gospel during Advent in a short book. Each day, you can read the Gospel, read Bishop Barron’s reflection, ponder the reflection questions, and journal your thoughts on how it applies to your life today. Learn more here.


Reflections

Matthew Kelly with Dynamic Catholic offers FREE daily video reflections sent straight to your inbox. There are things that draw you toward the light. And there are things that draw you into the darkness. So much of the world wants to draw you into the darkness of worry, fear, procrastination, negative self-talk, toxic relationships…the list goes on. This Advent, discover and choose the things that draw you to the light! Taken from Matthew Kelly’s life-changing new book, Life Is Messy, each free daily video reflection will help you infuse your life with prayer, reading, authentic love of self, genuine friendship, beautiful kindness and so much more! And when Christmas arrives, you’ll be ready to share the light you’ve gathered along the way! Sign-up here.

Ignatius Spirituality has published a weekly video series on Arts & Faith: Advent. Enjoy video commentary about works of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of sacred art. Accompanying  dotMagis blog posts offer reflections on using the art as a means of Ignatian prayer. Ignatius also offers weekly video reflections, daily email reflections exploring the life of St. Joseph, and a few podcasts. Learn more about these resources here.


For the Family

Holy Heroes offers “Advent Adventure, a FREE daily email reflection, video, and printable activities for the whole family. The program makes learning about the faith fun for kids of all ages. Sign-up here.

Mary on the Mantle by Be A Heart is a twist on the classic “Elf on the Shelf”. Each day Mary is moved around your house as she prepares for her new baby. Mary is busy “nesting” and doing simple, ordinary tasks. When the children find her in the morning, Mary delivers a small act of kindness that they can perform that day. The note can be tucked into the tiny tote bag that comes with their Mary doll. Learn more here.