Advent is coming!
Advent is a great time to re-invigorate your small group!
Any time of preparation, be that a Liturgical season, like Advent or Lent, or a season of life like the weeks leading up to a new school year or a wedding day, is a great time to examine what is most important in life.
Advent and Lent help me narrow my focus by looking at the top priority in my spiritual life. How can I more fully achieve that relationship with Christ, that love of neighbor, that heart of a servant, or whatever goal that stands out as the next step of my spiritual journey? How can I find the goal, if the future of my spiritual life seems blank or dry? How can I remember the goal and keep my focus in those times of intense joy or activity?
Times of preparation bring these and many other questions into sharp relief and give us a sense of purpose and guidance. Sometimes these questions give us fresh energy, and other times they might unleash a mild panic. Either way, it is helpful to have a small group to share your life with.
Let your small group help you uncover the goodness that God has in store for you. They can help you pace yourself for the long race so that your enthusiasm holds out. They can help you sort out the panic and replace it with peace. Your small group can help you bring all of your preparation before the throne of God and, placing it there before Him, allow for it to be opened up, guided, and shaped into the life that He has, is and will be making available to you.
If your group is wanting to prepare for Christmas together throughout Advent, consider some of the following resources.
The following books, as well as many others, are available in the St. Matthew library or on amazon.com:
The Advent of Christ, by Edward Sri
Advent and Christmas with G.K. Chesterton
Advent and Christmas with the Saints
Advent and Christmas with Fulton Sheen
Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting, by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C
Walk through the weekly Mass readings here: Opening the Word
Hear Fulton Sheen speak about Christmas here: The True Meaning of Christmas
Hear Dr. Edward Sri, Bob Rice, Brigid DeMoor, and Dr. Tim Gray speak about the meaning of Advent here: Advent
There are many other great advent resources available to you through Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire, Dynamic Catholic and Ascension Press, among others. If you have questions or need help sorting through material, reach out to us through firstname.lastname@example.org!