Have you noticed that today is already the Second Sunday of Advent? How did you observe the first week of Advent? Or is it still dawning on you that Advent is here?
Hopefully you are in or near a parish that is sponsoring extra opportunities for prayer during this period – some Advent Evenings of Reflection, an Advent Retreat in Daily Living or some other activities. If not (or if you schedule doesn’t allow you to easily attend such gatherings) you’ll find some wonderful materials online to enrich your Advent prayer. Here are some:
USCCB, Advent and Christmas with Pope Benedict XVI – Downloadable pdf with daily readings and short reflections
Pax Christi, Advent 2010: Pray, Study Act – Reflections and suggestions for action tied to the Sunday Advent readings
Loyola Press, Advent Retreat – Downloadable pdf of an Advent Retreat for Daily Life
Our Sunday Visitor, The Definitive Guide to Advent – Suggestions for getting more out of Advent…suggested Advent traditions
And on this site, I am weekly posting podcasts of my talks and prayer material from the Advent Retreat in Daily Living I’m giving at the University of St. Thomas and at St. Hubert. I’ll be posting some other podcasts during Advent as well.
There are plenty of resources available to help you get into the Spirit of Advent. I hope you can take advantage of some of them.