During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Savior, and anticipate his promised Second Coming. And amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives.
Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Advent. Below we highlight Advent resources in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality.
Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of sacred art. Weekly dotMagis blog posts offer reflections on using the art as a means of Ignatian prayer.
Advent Weekly Video Reflections
Loyola Press Online Advent Calendar
We invite you to use an online Advent calendar featuring daily reflections from several sites. Also find other Advent resources from Loyola Press.
Other6 Prays Advent
In the midst of the busy Christmas season, slow down to enjoy Advent waiting with a simple daily prayer practice. Starting December 1, 2013, find daily prompts to help you focus on finding God in different ways this Advent.
Longing for the Lord: An Advent Examen
The Jesuits of the Missouri Province provide this site, which links the Ignatian Examen with another treasure of Church tradition, the O Antiphons.
The New England Jesuits offer meditations and reflections intersecting themes of Advent and Ignatian spirituality. The topics are: Anticipating Joy, Using the Examen During Advent, Imaginative Prayer, and Advent Gifts and Graces.
Creighton University’s Online Ministries offers a selection of materials to help people prayerfully enter into Advent, from short prayers to longer reflections and audio retreats.
Pray-as-you-go changes its regular daily prayer format for Advent, focusing on some of the issues raised and insights offered in the encyclical letter, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth).
Contemplation on the Incarnation Part One: The Trinity Looks Down from Heaven
By Daniel Ruff, SJ
The Contemplation on the Incarnation begins with imagining the Trinity looking down from heaven and responding with the Incarnation. Ruff introduces readers to this aspect of the Spiritual Exercises.
Contemplation on the Incarnation Part Two: Mary’s Human Response
By Daniel Ruff, SJ
The second part of the Contemplation on the Incarnation explores the Annunciation and Mary’s response.
Mary at Her Annunciation as a Model for Growing in the Virtue of Faith
By Gerald M. Fagin, SJ
In contemplating the Annunciation, we see Mary as a model of faith and are called to trust and openness ourselves.