As we welcome the season of Advent, we share with all members of the American Association online resources to help you celebrate this joyous time of year.
Advent Prayer for the Incarcerated & Those Affected by Someone Who Is Incarcerated
Mary, Mother of Captives. Your son came to proclaim liberty. Soften our captive hearts. Hardened by distrust and judgement. Give us grace to see the dignity of all. The captives, the captors, the survivors, the families. By your example, teach us to be gentle. Show us how to be restorers of peace and wholeness. By your example, teach us the power and disruption of “yes”. Show us how to challenge injustice and apathy. By your example, teach us the gift of persistent patience. Show us how to listen to the unheard, the guilty, the innocent, the forgotten. Mother of Captives. Inspire us, move us, be with us. Amen
Click here to read about the origin of this prayer, written by Jarrod Kinkley, Communications Coordinator for Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition.
Advent Reflections on the Cardinal Virtues
Fr. Anthony Barratt, STL, PHD, ChD, from the Upstate New York Area, presents his series of four reflections on the Cardinal virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. Click here to read this series.
Formed.org: Advent Series
There are a variety of Advent-related series available on Formed.org. Some great suggestions are The Spirituality of Advent and The Daily Advent Reflections. Click here to log into the Members Only section of our website and sign up for Formed.org.
#Pray25 Advent Meditation Challenge on the Hallow App
Each day of the challenge will have a custom, 5-10 minute guided meditation or peaceful music selection to reflect on the Advent themes of faith, hope, and joy through the eyes of Mary. Click here to learn more.
Relevant Radio’s Advent Inspirations: Prepare Your Heart and Soul for Christ’s Coming
Click here to learn more.
Saint Andrew Christmas Novena: A Traditional Advent Devotion
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.