Advent Resources with a Justice and Peace focus

Independent Catholic News
Ellen Teague

adventAs we approach the season of Advent this year,  a number of diocesan groups  and religious orders in the UK, United States and Australia have put together series of resources for prayer, reflection and action. They are intended for use by individuals, parishes, schools and religious communities and focusing on several different  themes.

In the UK:  Anne O’Connor of the National Justice and Peace Network Media and Marketing Group has produced excellent downloadable Advent Reflections for the four weeks of Advent 2014.

Week 1: Be prepared

Week 2: Building the Kingdom

Week 3: Joyful expectation

Week 4: Saying ‘Yes’ to God’s plan

In the United States:  the Faith Economy Ecology Transformation Working Group has developed a four-week Advent series to help individuals, parishes, and religious communities to pray, reflect, and take actions to build towards the kin-dom vision of right relationship:

Economy of Right Relationship: An Advent Reflection Guide for a New Economy

The group says: “We live in a time of great income inequality in the United States and across the world. But there are signs of hope all around us that we can birth a new vision for our economy that is in right relationship with God’s creation and God’s people. As we light the Advent candles each week, we hold out for the hope and promise that Jesus birth represents. It is a time to reflect on what is possible – even if at first the challenges seem insurmountable. Each week features one of the principles from our statement, A Call to Integrate Faith, Economy, and the Global Economy.

And in Australia:  the Colombians have produced an Advent resource: Whispers of God, which is freely downloadable.