Prayers

Advent Reflections

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2018 Advent Reflections

Advent is the beginning of the Church's liturgical year and our season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Advent prepares us to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas as we consider the mystery of the incarnation, anticipate Christ's second coming at the end of time and look for the ways Jesus is born in our lives each day. In 2018, it begins on Sunday, Dec. 2.

CHA is pleased to annually provide resources to help those in the ministry of health care and even beyond consider the season of Advent and Christmas — their meaning and connections to their own lives. The 2018 set is authored by John "Jack" Shea, a consultant with decades of experience in providing theological and formation services to parishes and faith-based organizations. For 20 years he directed the Doctor of Ministry Program at St. Mary of the Lake University and for 10 years he was the executive director of the Leadership Formation Program in Catholic Health Care at the Ministry Leadership Center. He is also a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality and the spirit work movement.

The reflections are provided in three formats: hardcopy, audio and video. We hope that you will share them widely across your organization and in social media.

How can they be shared?

Here are ways others have shared these resources with their communities:

  • Distributing through your social media channels.
  • Including the videos as part of the looping videos that show on monitors in public spaces
  • Posting to the intranet/staff portal.
  • Sharing via weekly emails.
  • Including on the intranet and as publicly-available resources.
  • Using in hardcopy and/or as an audio reflection at meetings.
  • Posting in hardcopy in break areas and other spots for availability to staff and volunteers.

Reflection for the week of Sunday, Dec. 2:

Reflection for the week of Sunday, Dec. 23:

Reflection for the week of Sunday, Dec. 9:

Reflection for the Week of Christmas, Dec. 25:

Reflection for the week of Sunday, Dec. 16:

2017

For use the week of Dec. 3:

  • A Reflection for the First Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 3 (3:18 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Dec. 3 

For use the week of Dec. 10:

  • A Reflection for the Second Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 10 (3:04 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Dec. 10 

For use the week of Dec. 17:

  • A Reflection for the Third Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 17 (4:06 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Dec. 17 

For use the week of Dec. 24:

  • A Reflection for the Fourth Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 24 (4:01 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Dec. 24 

For Christmas:

  • A Reflection on Christmas (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Christmas (2:46 .mp3)
  • Video — Christmas

2016

For use the week of Nov. 27:

  • A Reflection for the First Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf
  • Audio — Week of Nov. 27 (2:46 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Nov. 27 

For use the week of Dec. 4:

  • A Reflection for the Second Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 4 (2:24 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Dec. 4 

For use the week of Dec. 11:

  • A Reflection for the Third Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 11 (3:10 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Dec. 11 

For use the week of Dec. 18:

  • A Reflection for the Fourth Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 18 (3:02 .mp3)
  • Video — Week of Dec. 18 

For Christmas:

  • A Reflection on Christmas (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Christmas (2:45 .mp3)
  • Video — Christmas

2015

For use the week of Nov. 29:

  • A Reflection for the First Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Nov. 29 (2:26 .mp3)

For use the week of Dec. 6:

  • A Reflection for the Second Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 6 (3:42 .mp3)

For use the week of Dec. 13:

  • A Reflection for the Third Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 13 (2:51 .mp3)

For use the week of Dec. 20:

  • A Reflection for the Fourth Week of Advent (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Week of Dec. 20 (2:39 .mp3)

For Christmas:

  • A Reflection on Christmas (.doc) (.pdf)
  • Audio — Christmas (2:53 .mp3)

2014

For use the week of Nov. 30:

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For use the week of Dec. 21:

For Christmas:


2013

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For Christmas:


2012

For use the week of Dec. 2:

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For use the week of Dec. 23:

For Christmas:


2011

For use the week of Nov. 27:

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For use the week of Dec. 18:

For Christmas:


2010 

For use the week of Nov. 28:

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For Christmas:


2009 

For use the week of Nov. 22:

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For Christmas:


2008 

For use the week of Nov. 23.

For use the week of Nov. 30:

For use the week of Dec. 7:

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For use for Christmas: