Yesterday, we began the season of Advent, a time of preparation, repentance, waiting and joy. Sunday’s second reading from Romans 13:11-14 tells us to clothe ourselves in virtue:
Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
When we put on the armor of light, we embrace virtue to become more Christ-like; for when we embrace virtue, we turn our backs on sin and the works of darkness. To conduct ourselves properly, means acting virtuously. We are called to shed our vices, and put on Christ, as Christ is our model of virtue.
Advent is a great time to consider making changes in your life, as it is the start of the new Church year. What better time to make a resolution to shed vice and embrace virtue! How does one go about making such a change? For starters, seek the sacrament of Reconciliation, with repentance and contrition in your heart; to receive the graces necessary to avoid the near occasion of sin again. Then, identify your unwanted behavior and work on the virtue that counters that behavior. How do you do that? Use my Virtues Guide – Second Edition, available to you, for free, here.
During this Advent season, become more Christ like. Then wait, with joy, to see what blessings Christ has in store for you!