The Advent Virtues (featured in last week’s free download) aid us in preparing for the coming of the Savior. The purpose of the season is to create the interior space to welcome Him into our hearts. Of course, this time of waiting is not limited to the Advent season, it should mark our daily anticipation of the second coming of our Savior as well as His coming to us every day.
GROW IN VIRTUE
Prayerfulness describes the disposition of one’s relationship with God. St. Paul encouraged us to “pray always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). It is easy to think “this is impossible—how can I always be praying?” The virtue of prayerfulness enables you to form the interior habit of conversing with God throughout the day. This how obedience and humility are connected and enable us to live more freely as disciples of Christ. A person with a humble and obedient heart is attuned to God’s voice and desires to live each day following in the footsteps of Jesus.
With that being said, let’s look at this from a practical perspective. Think about one person you love—a friend, a spouse, a child—and answer the following questions.
- Do you talk to this person ‘always’?
- When they are not physically present, do you still feel close to him/her?
- How and why?
- Do you ‘hear’ their voice when they are not present?
- Can you physically detect their voice in a crowded room?
- What happens when you hear their voice?
How you answered these questions gives shape to your relationship with this person. This reflects what our relationship with God should ‘look like’ and ‘sound like’. As you know, you grow closer to the person over time, and the more you share life experiences, the more present the person is. So don’t lose heart, every day is a new day and a time to begin living in God’s presence.