In the last blog post I mentioned a good formula for engaging in Advent and for deepening one’s spiritual life in general: read, pray, reflect, and act. A good first step in celebrating the season of Advent is to read.
Reading is an awesome gift, one which I am in awe of especially as I watch my baby nephew Simon voraciously listen to and look at books. He “reads” them in his own way, and it’s only a matter of time before he begins to see letters and words and meaning in the squiggly lines.
So it’s no wonder that reading is a good first step for Advent, for the new church year. Reading is an invitation to new life, to open up, to look outward, to take in new sights and ideas and perspectives. It’s like opening the window on an autumn day and letting the fresh, brisk air come in and wake us up, sharpen our senses! It can connect us with other people and ideas and help us to become more of who we are.
I’m recommitting myself to reading each day this Advent (and beyond I hope!). On my list are the following books:
The Beating of Great Wings: A Worldly Spirituality for Active, Apostolic Communities by Bernard J. Lee, S.M.
Reading Jesus: A Writer’s Encounter with the Gospels by Mary Gordon
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ
Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign by Paul Rezendes
What’s on your reading list this Advent? If you don’t have anything on the horizon, then what kind of book might you be looking for?