It’s that time of year. My favorite time of the church year; advent.

I love it so much because I am an impatient person, who is ALWAYS busy (aren’t we all?). And Advent reminds us to wait. It reminds us to be patient, take time for God and reflect.

In a season that mainstream culture tells us is all about the best deals, being first in line, checking items off the list, ADVENT tells us to do the opposite.

The mood at church changes, the readings ask us to reflect more deeply and we are reminded about the reason for the season.

So here are FIVE ways to dive deeper this Advent:

1. Bishop Robert Barron’s daily reflections: More than 275,000 people have signed up to receive his e-mail. They are deep yet thoughtful and give you an “action item” each day.

2. Best Advent Ever: Join Matthew Kelly and other leading Catholic speakers for a daily reflection called Rediscover Mercy.  You’ll receive daily inspirational emails with short videos, encouragement, and coaching for Advent.

3. USCCB Advent Calendar: It’s a virtual calendar that can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.

4. EWTN Advent Reflection: Save this one in your browser and visit it daily for readings, reflections and an Advent action. There are also links and videos to history lessons and messages of hope.

5. Formed – formed.org is a one stop shop for Catholics.  It’s the Catholic Faith. On Demand.  Like Netflix for Catholics!!  Ask your parish leaders if they have an access code OR visit St. Peter’s for a link to their code (page 2, 3rd item on the right).  The website is full of programs, movies, books and audio for a self guided Advent reflection or a group one with friends.

Advent is a time for Catholics to stop, wait and reflect.  Let this season be a change for you to dive deeper and see how God transforms you this season.

HAPPY Advent and enjoy this time of preparation.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel 

PS – If you’re into the Ignatian Spirituality check out this guide: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent 

ATTENTION WOMEN: Blessed Is She Advent Journal (yes, for women only): This is a DOWNLOADABLE journal with daily reading reflections and a place for you to journal your thoughts each day.  It’s a great way to remind yourself to pray each day

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