FORMED – Advent Content Recommendations


Advent is a special time of year that calls us to take time away from our busy lives to reflect on the coming of our Savior. It is a time of waiting and expectation. Here are some great Spiritual resources on FORMED that you can try.

Advent Audio Talks

1. A Journey Through Advent (Liturgical Cycle B) by Bishop Robert Baron

Get the most out of Advent by following along with Bishop Robert Barron’s homilies as he unpacks these profound scripture readings. The homilies in the talk will correspond to the Scriptures for Sunday Masses throughout Advent and Christmas 2017.  The total length is 65 minutes (about 15 minutes for each Sunday of Advent). Click on link to the FORMED audio talk by Bishop Robert Barron.

Journey Through Advent by Bishop Robert Barron 
2. Prepare the Way of the King – Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn, one of the most eminent Catholic theologians in our country today, reveals what scholars now know about the shepherds, the mysterious Magi, and King Herod. Your Advent journey will take on new meaning as you prepare your heart for the birth of our Lord. This illuminating presentation is sure to help you grow in appreciation of the greatest gift ever given to mankind—Jesus Christ. The total length is 45 minutes long.  Click on link to the FORMED audio talk by Dr Scott Hahn.

Prepare the Way of the King by Dr. Scott Hahn
3. The Mystery of Christmas by Fr Larry Richards 
In this inspiring talk, renowned preacher and retreat master Fr. Larry Richards illuminates how the true joy of Christmas is found in the greatest gift ever given—the gift of Jesus Christ to the whole world. With humor, compassion, and clarity, Fr. Larry gets to the heart of the true meaning of Christmas and helps us to better appreciate the immensity of God’s love for us as His children. The total length is 61 minutes long. Click on link to the FORMED audio talk by Fr Larry Richard.
The Mystery of Christmas by Fr Larry Richard

Advent Studies

  1. Opening the Word for Advent 

Short video and a journal for participants to download and fill out each week. The lessons are focused on the Sunday Advent readings. Each video is about 5 minutes in length. Click on link to the FORMED Video Study by the Opening The Word.

Opening The Word for Advent and Christmas

 Advent Books

  1. Come, Lord Jesus – Meditations on the Art of Waiting by Mother Mary Francis

These Advent reflections by the abbess of a Poor Clare monastery, an accomplished spiritual writer, focus our attention on the coming of Jesus into our lives. Meditating on passages from Scripture about the coming of the Messiah into the world and our hearts, Mother challenges us to persevere in overcoming our faults and keeping our eyes on the Lord who has called us to himself—for it is he, through the gifts of his grace, who will complete in us the work of sanctification which he has begun. Click on link to the FORMED e-book you can download.

Come, Lord Jesus – Meditations on the Art of Waiting
2. Mary: God’s yes to Man, John Paul’s Encyclical Redemptoris Mater

Saint Pope John Paul II’s only encyclical on our Blessed Mother, provides us with a penetrating theological reflection of the Mother of the Redeemer. The development of traditional Marian dogma in the light of the present day bears the Pope’s unmistakable personal stamp. The three parts of the encyclical (“Mary in the Mystery of Christ”, “The Mother of God in the Midst of the Pilgrim Church” and “Motherly Mediation”) draw predominantly from two sources: Sacred Scripture and the central documents of the Second Vatican Council. There is a particular emphasis on ecumenism. What binds all Christians to Mary becomes ever clearer: she is the model of their faith. Click on link to the FORMED e-book you can download.

Come, Lord Jesus – Meditations on the Art of Waiting