The season of Advent begins Sunday, December 3rd. Despite the busyness associated with preparations for Christmas, the season invites us to slow down and take some time to prepare ourselves to welcome Christ more deeply into our hearts this Christmas.
In his an article entitled Advent is about Desire, Fr. James Martin, SJ reminds us, “Christians desire the coming of Christ into their lives in new ways, a desire that is heightened during Advent. Desire is a key part of Christian spirituality because desire is a key way that God's voice is heard in our lives. And our deepest desire, planted within us, is our Advent desire for Christ, the Desire of the Nations.”
The following are some resources you might find helpful this Advent.
IgnatianSpirituality.org has a number of excellent Advent resources including a weekly video series that invites you to explore art inspired by the Sunday Scripture readings.
Prayer websites Sacred Space and Pray As You Go offer an Advent Retreat entitled ‘Messengers of Joy’, available on both websites from November 30th. The retreat is an invitation to reflect on some of the ‘good news’ moments in the Christmas story, using Isaiah and the Gospel of Luke.
As we have done in past years, I will also send a daily email to faculty, staff and parents with a short reflection piece.
Wishing everyone blessed Advent Season.
Mr. Brian Carney
Vice President for Mission & Identity