Consider choosing one of these Advent resources to prepare for Jesus’ coming:
- “Lead Kindly Light”: a weekly Catholic Advent resource weaving together the Sunday scriptures with creation themes. Produced by the Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice (Australia).
- Reflections on the Journey of Mary and Joseph: These weekly Advent reflects are based on the Gospel readings for each Sunday in Advent, and connect the journey that brought Mary and Joseph to the stable with the journey of all those communities around the world that continue to encounter poverty. Produced by Catholic Relief Services (US)
- Online Advent calendar that weaves together the daily Scriptures, with the experience of our brothers and sisters who are living in poverty, like that of Khawle who escaped from her home in Syria with her three children. Produced by CAFOD (UK).
- Consider the Origins and the Personal Costs of Consumerism includes reflections questions and an examen from the Critical Concerns Committee of the Sisters of Mercy.
- Four Page Children’s Advent Activity: With prayers and instructions on Advent for preschool age children, this is a great resource to do as a family.
- Reverse Advent Calendar: The traditional Advent Calendar is a 25-day calendar that counts down the days until Christmas by opening a paper flap and seeing short prayer or having a small candy treat. A Reverse Advent Calendar is more an act of kindness for those struggling during the holiday season.First you’ll need to find something to gather all the donations. Two empty wine boxes works very well and your local liquor store is probably willing to give these out for free. You will need 24 spots, 12 in each box. Each day, put one item in one of the sections of the box. You can call your local food bank to find out items that are most needed. Involve your children, by having them help decorate the boxes.After gathering helpful items all month, you can take everything you’ve saved to your local food bank or charity on Christmas Eve and know that you’ve given a Christmas present to someone that really needed it.