Advent resources for adults

5, 10 or 15 minute Advent reflections for adults

5 minutes or less 
3 minute retreats (English and Spanish)  
VIDEO: Ascension Presents offers video reflections on the Sundays in Advent. Here’s a video about the first Sunday of Advent, as narrated by Jeff Cavins

VIDEO: The Spirituality of Advent with Bishop Barren

VIDEO: “What is Advent” by Concordia Publishing House. Concordia Publishing House is the publisher of the Lutheran Church. This video is so well done, it is worth sharing for not only its spiritual merit, but production value as well.

VIDEO: “Advent Wreath Instructional” by the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. There are a lot of crafty YouTube videos out there, but this one is created by a Catholic diocese. It gives a nice explanation of what an Advent wreath symbolizes in its shape and color.

VIDEO: The "O Antiphons" by Newman Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Beginning with the beautiful chant, this video clip explains the special period of time from December 17 - 23 called the O Antiphons of Advent. 

USCCB "O Antiphons" of Advent

Video: "What’s Unique About Advent?" (Advent Reflections). Bishop Barron explains the radical differences between Advent and our current culture of "auto-salvation" in under 3 minutes.

▪     Watch a video reflection 
▪     Read the daily readings
▪     Listen to the daily readings podcasts
Find more information on the New American Bible


10 minutes or less 

Praying Advent - Creighton University’s Online Ministries. 
There is a guide to praying daily through Advent (10 minutes a day) on the site along with many
other Advent resources online.

Arts and Faith Advent  
Prepare for Christmas and deepen your experience of the Advent season this year with Arts & Faith: 
Advent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the

Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of hope and preparation
through the lens of sacred art.

VIDEO: “Bishop Barron on The Advent Revolution” by Word on Fire
With words like “revolution,” “crackling,” “energy,” “electricity,” and “excitement” describing the
liturgical readings for the season, it’s no wonder Bishop Robert Barron’s series is called Word on 
Fire. Get inspired with his discussion on Advent with this clip.

VIDEO “Advent: More than a Chocolate Calendar” by Ascension Presents.  In this video clip, Father Mike Schmitz encourages us to make room for Jesus in our lives. Ascension Presents also offers video reflections on the Sundays in Advent.

FaithNDAdvent, Notre Dame Online Ministries
A number of reflections are offered each week with to move readers to “Advent Practices”. Readers 
could read a bit each day and practice something that feels worthwhile.

15 minutes or less 

Advent Examen (Ignatian Spiritual Practice during Advent) 

Other resources you can sink your teeth into this Advent
Advent online calendar for adults

Ignatian Spirituality - Advent resources

Preparing for ChristmasThe Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Fratelli Tutti

Pope Francis’s prophetic new encyclical speaks directly into the lives of men and women today! This greatly welcomed encyclical is a beautiful reflection on humanity’s path forward to a deeply desired and sought-after peace. Pope Francis addresses his renewed call to universal fraternity “to all people of good will, regardless of their religious convictions.”
Be convinced that you have a crucial part in securing peace! In his letter, the pope delves into the “art and architecture” that builds peace and universal fraternity. Pope Francis studies “the symptoms of an unhealthy society” in this encyclical and has an alternative proposal: “a way of life marked by the flavor of the Gospel.” Amid the “noisy potpourri of facts and opinions” present in today’s world, Pope Francis suggests respectful dialogue and proposes that we answer with “a new vision of fraternity and social friendship.” He assures us that “no single act of love for God will be lost” and reminds us that “everyone has a fundamental role to play” in writing “a new page of history, a page full of hope.”

Reflect on what makes for lasting peace! As he considers the “universal scope” of fraternal love, Pope Francis paints a picture of a social peace of “enduring stability” that draws its sustenance from a culture of encounter and respecting “the truth of our human dignity.” He rebukes “fundamentalist intolerance” and other forms of “shameless aggression” that get in the way of fraternal peace. Pope Francis asks, instead, that we recover kindness and forgiveness, so that we could arise as “stars shining in the midst of darkness.”

Get your copy of the pope’s prophetic new encyclical on fraternity and friendship today!

Also available in Spanish! ¡También disponible en español!

Watch one or more of these engaging and insightful webinars to learn more about Advent today!


Ave Maria Press
The Unsheltered Heart: Exploring the Spiritual Riches of Advent
Exploring Advent with Luke: A Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christmas
O Radiant Dawn:  Ministering to Families (and Yourself ) this Advent Season
Advent Action:  Open the Doors of Mercy

Loyola Press

Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ
Preparing for Advent