How to Set Spiritual Goals in 2021

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

Isaiah 43:19

Can you believe that it’s 2021 already? Now that the new year is here, you might be setting resolutions and intentions for 2021. I prefer to use the term “goals” instead of “resolutions” because I feel like goals are more realistic. I’m better at setting goals than resolutions, and I find that I’m better at reaching my goals than following through with my resolutions.

For 2021, I have several goals, big and small, for different areas of my life. Of course, I set about three goals for myself to improve my faith life. My blogging friend Isabella from Bearing Good Fruit has an awesome blog post about spiritual goals and several examples and ideas which helped me to set some concrete spiritual goals and inspired me to write this post! After I set my faith goals for 2021, I thought I’d share my process and some tips to set some for yourself!

How to Set Spiritual Goals in 2021
How to Set Spiritual Goals in 2021

Decide how or where you want to grow in your faith
Think of specific, tangible, and realistic goals that will help you improve your faith journey. Do you want to pray every day? Do you want to go to Confession more often? Do you want to read Scripture or Christian books? Whatever you want to do in 2021 to further your faith journey, make that your goal.

Bonus tip: Discern and remember the “why” behind your goal. Your “why” will inspire you to keep striving for your goals. For me, one of my faith goals for 2021 is to read the whole Old Testament. My “whys” behind this goal are to read more Scripture and to gain a deeper understanding of Salvation History.

Write your goals down
I once heard the saying “A goal not written down is only a wish,” and I took it to heart. The goals that I write down are the ones that I’m more likely to reach. Whether it’s in your planner, your notebook, your prayer journal, your phone, a vision board, or even just a sticky note on your wall, write down somewhere where you’ll see it often.

Have an accountability strategy
Now that you’ve discerned your faith goals and you’ve written them down, figure out how you’ll keep yourself accountable for achieving them. Maybe you have a friend or family member who has the same goals, and you can work on them together. Maybe you can write down your progress in a notebook. No matter what you choose, make sure you have a way to keep yourself on track.

Tip: Use a planner or a notebook to track your growth. After you write down your goal, you can write down your progress on the same page, or you could use the whole thing to journal about reaching your goals. At the end of the year, it’ll be such a rewarding feeling to look back and see how much you’ve grown! I’m using my faith planner to write down how much I’ve read each day as well as verses that I want to remember.

Ask God to help you
Pray about your spiritual goals and ask God for the grace to achieve them. God wants to answer our prayers, and He wants us to grow closer to Him and become holier. Naturally, He’ll happily answer your prayers when you ask Him to help you with your faith goals! Before you sit down to read Scripture, ask Him for understanding and for a deeper love of His word. If you want to pray a Rosary every day, ask Him for a deeper devotion and ask Mary to intercede for you. Remember that you’re not on this journey alone. God wants you to succeed and He’ll help you every step of the way. We just have to show up and ask Him to help us grow. When we give God an inch, He’ll give us miles and miles.

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I hope these tips help you as you discern and begin working on your spiritual goals for 2021! I’d love to know what yours are, so comment below so I can pray for you as you work on your goals!

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This Sunday’s Gospel: January 3, 2021

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When I was little, I remember seeing saying “Wise men still seek him” printed on Christmas cards and decorations. At the time, I thought it was a clever way to “keep Christ in Christmas,” as they say. I found myself remembering that saying every Christmas to remind myself of the reason for the season.

With Epiphany on its way, I’ve been reflecting on the wise men and what it means to seek something. When we seek something, we go out of our way to look for it. We make what we’re looking for our priority, and when we find it, we hold it close to us. The wise men sought Jesus when He was born and were some of the first to encounter Him. Today, we know that Jesus came to earth and He’s still with us, so why do we need to “seek” Him?

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Like the wise men, we do still seek Jesus, but in a different way. We’ve learned who He is and what He did for us, but now we seek to know Him personally. Our search for Jesus consists of falling more in love with Him and strengthening our relationship with Him. As we remember the wise men today, we can continue our journey with Jesus knowing that we’ll constantly seek Him and confident that we’ll find Him.

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My Spiritual Annual Report

But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

God’s View of 2020
One of my favorite hobbies is planning. I love to pick out a cute planner (or four) at the beginning of the year, decorate the weekly pages with cute stickers and washi, and write in my plans with colorful pens. For as much of a writer as I am, I don’t journal nearly as much as you’d think, but as I look back on my 2020 planners, I view them as something of a journal. I see my busy days and my relaxing days, my highs and lows, my joys and sufferings of 2020. When we make an examen of conscience at the end of the day, we try to view our day from God’s perspective. After 366 days, I try to look back on my year through God’s eyes.

Just like this past year, hindsight is 20/20.

A Spiritual Annual Report
Before Christmas, I received an email from Blessed is She about something called a spiritual annual report. Instead of recording the facts and figures of the year, BIS’s spiritual annual report invited me to recognize where I’ve turned to God and how I’ve become more like Him. The PDF printable had three simple questions that prompted me to reflect on 2020. I flipped through my planners, scrolled through my phone’s camera roll, recalled some memories, and even re-read a few of my blog posts. I allowed myself to reflect on how I’ve grown, where I felt God’s hand, and what I’m thankful for from 2020.

My Spiritual Annual Report
My Spiritual Annual Report

My Journey to Surrender
It seems like everyone’s saying that 2020 was the worst year ever. In many ways, 2020 wasn’t the best. I can’t deny that things have been taken away from me, and I’ll admit that I had some major struggles this year. I think it’s safe to say that this year didn’t go as planned for any of us, but if we take a step back, we can see that God still blessed 2020 and gave it to us for a reason.

This was the year that I learned to let go of my will and what I want so that God can be in control. My word of 2020 was “surrender,” which was fitting because I learned to suffer well and accept everything that God has planned for me. “Surrender” helped me understand that God’s plans are greater and more beautiful than any plans that I could dream up for myself. Throughout the difficulties and tragedies of 2020, I accepted what God gave me and allowed Him to take from me graciously. I leaned on Him at all times, especially when I had no where else to go. As much as I don’t like the phrase “offer it up,” I learned to do just that and I saw the blessings and beauty in what broke me. I became more patient and gentle to those around me, and I set my fears aside to grow and go forth.

He Guides His Daughter
This year was when I learned that God truly is with us always, just like Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20. I wandered through 2020 like a small child holding her Father’s hand. Slowly but surely, He guided me through the year and revealed more of His plans for me. He nudged me to improve my prayer life so that I can spend time with Him every day. He helped me to complete my Marian Consecration and Fiat 90. He gave me the grace to detach myself from the world so that I could seek and fill myself with holy things. He gave me the peace that only He can give. If I did nothing else this year, I can honestly say that I spent 2020 learning more about and falling more in love with Jesus Christ and His Church.

A Moment for Gratitude
My heart still overflows with gratitude even though so much has been taken away this year. I passed milestones that I’ll cherish forever, like graduating from college, starting my post-college life with Franciscan Mission Service, celebrating my first anniversary with Nathan, and looking forward to our second anniversary in just a few weeks. I embarked on unforgettable adventures, like SLS 20 in Phoenix, West Virginia with my friends, Erie with my family, and Washington, DC, which I now call home. Before the world shut down, I finally got to see my favorite band, the Lumineers. I spent some much-needed time at home with my family, and I fell more in love with Nathan. I watched my friends Allie and Ryan tie the knot, and I had so much fun as one of their bridesmaids. Most of all, I grew in prayer and discipleship as I found my worth as a daughter of the Lord and sought to know Him more.

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Looking to 2021
God placed the word “surrender” on my heart just around midnight one year ago. “Surrender” helped me remember the One who carried me through 2020. I don’t have a word of the year for 2021 yet because I’m hoping to have a similar experience of God giving me a word on New Year’s Eve. No matter what, I’m sure that God will give me a word that reminds me to look to Him throughout the New Year. I pray and trust that our Heavenly Father will go before us in 2021, and that no matter what happens in the next 365 days, He’ll bring us ever closer to Him, using our highs and lows for our sanctification.

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This Sunday’s Gospel: December 27, 2020

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The images of the Holy Family that I grew up around were of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus huddled together, as if Joseph were holding Mary and Jesus close to him. I think these images speak to how close the Holy Family was. As we can see in today’s Gospel reading, the Holy Family presented Jesus in the Temple out of their obedience to God. They leaned on each other and relied on each other, as a good family should. Life was far from perfect for them, but they stayed together through it all. They did the best with what they had, and their faith was at the forefront of their lives.

I used to wonder how my current family could possibly compare to the Holy Family. Mary had no trace of sin and she always did the will of God perfectly, Joseph wasn’t perfect, but he was pretty close to it because he was so chaste and holy, and Jesus is literally the Son of God. But as I reflect on how I grew up, I see the little ways in which my family resembles the Holy Family. My mom and dad worked so hard to take care of my brother and I. They made significant sacrifices so that he and I could go to Catholic school from Kindergarten to high school so that we could learn about our faith. They always had time for us and showed up for us when we needed them. They protected and nurtured us in so many ways. Most importantly, they raised Jeff and I in the Church and gave us a strong foundation in our faith.

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Jeff and I are certainly not as perfect as Jesus, but we continue to become more like Him. For as long as I can remember, we learned how to pray, about the Church, and the importance of the Sacraments. We were raised with a love of service and community as we were involved in parish life, and we continue to serve the Church with the unique gifts that God gave us.

My family is no where near perfect, but it’s rooted in our faith. I can easily call us holy. The Holy Family has definitely been watching over us and holding us close. I look at the Holy Family and my own family and I’m grateful that, by the grace of God, my family resembles them in our own special ways. As I pray for my family, I continue asking for the Holy Family’s intercession and I pray that one day I can have a family of my own that looks like the Holy Family.

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Will You be Home for Christmas?

What Christmas Looks Like This Year
For Christmas this year, Nathan and I will get to visit my family and his, like we did for Thanksgiving. We’re really blessed that we’re able to make these visits happen, and they’re really important to us because we don’t get to see our families in Pennsylvania often now that I’m in Washington DC and Nathan is in Maryland.

I’m sure you can relate when I say that it’s important that I’m with my family and loved ones on Christmas. With that in mind, my heart goes out to everyone who can’t be with their loved ones this Christmas. Whether they’re far away and can’t travel, or they’re nearby but want to isolate to prevent potentially spreading the virus, I know it must be hard to be away from your family, friends, and loved ones, especially this year.

Will You Be Home For Christmas?
Will You Be Home For Christmas?

The First Christmas
As part of my year of service with Franciscan Mission Service, each volunteer received a spiritual director. I met with mine earlier this month, and she and I had a beautiful talk about Christmas. She told me that this year, we’re experiencing a Christmas that’s very similar to the first Christmas.

Things weren’t going according to plan for Mary and Joseph. Under miraculous circumstances, Mary faced an unplanned pregnancy. Although she never expected to be the Mother of God, she accepted His will graciously, and although the child wasn’t his, Joseph took care of both Mary and the baby Jesus and protected them with his life. When they traveled to and stayed in Bethlehem, the Holy Family had no one but each other. They brought the Infant Jesus into the world essentially into poverty, but this was far from a bad situation.

The Holy Family was truly humble in the sight of God, and their detachment allowed them to surrender to Him and let Him provide for them. Through all of the hardships and twists and turns that the Holy Family endured, they clung to each other. The difficulties in their lives diminished when they held Jesus. With God in their midst, they knew that somehow everything would be okay, and they were home.

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Home with Jesus
We’re no strangers to difficulties and hardships, especially during 2020. Through them all, we can look to the Holy Family to help us rely on God. We might be far from our families, we might have lost someone or something important, but we can find peace and comfort in bringing our grief to Jesus. As we keep Him close to us, we remember that He’s all that we need. Whether you’re able to attend Mass or you’re livestreaming it, believe that Jesus is with you. In receiving Him in the Eucharist or making a spiritual communion, you hold him inside you. No matter where you are this Christmas, seek the Lord who became flesh for us, and you’ll be home.

Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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Christ’s Peace with Us: 4th Sunday of Advent 2020

Peace on Earth?
Do we really have peace on Earth? I tend to look on the bright side of things, but the pessimist in me says no, peace is nowhere to be found. After experiencing the difficulties of 2020, I’d say that we’re far from peace on Earth. Our world seems to be in a state of unrest, division, and suffering of so many kinds. After the year that we’ve had, it’s easy to give in to hopelessness.

Christ's Peace with Us
Christ’s Peace with Us

Perusing for Peace
To escape our frustrating and disappointing reality, we desperately search for peace. Of course, we don’t always know where to look, and during times like these, peace is hard to find and even harder to keep. The news only increases anxiety and anger. Endlessly scrolling though social media tempts us with relaxation and happiness, but it only leaves us feeling empty. TV shows, food, shopping, and other activities that we typically turn to give us temporary distractions and bursts of pleasure, but all of these are fleeting.

If we want to have genuine peace on Earth, we can’t rely on earthly things.

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The Prince of Peace
We remember during Advent that the peace we long for lies in Jesus. One of His many titles is “Prince of Peace” for a reason. He is only One who can truly give us peace and alleviate our anxieties. He came two thousand years ago, and He’ll come again for us someday. Out of endless love for us, He became man, died for us, and conquered death through His Resurrection for us.

Jesus doesn’t promise us that the world will be peaceful and perfect. We’ll have to take up our crosses often in this life, but we don’t have to carry them alone because He’ll be with us every step of the way. Amidst the turmoil of this world, we can retreat to Jesus Christ, our Savior, and rest in His peace.

Yes, peace on Earth is attainable when we find it in Jesus. More importantly, we’ll experience the fullness of Jesus and His peace when we’re face-to-face with him in His Kingdom.

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Hidden with God in Isolation

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

Psalm 139:7

Entering Isolation
This Thanksgiving, Nathan and I traveled home to Pennsylvania to visit our families. We were so blessed to spend so much time with his family and mine after being away from home for months. Of course, because we’re still in the middle of a pandemic with cases rising, I had to self-isolate for 72 hours, take a Covid test, and wait for negative results when Nathan took me back to Washington DC.

I don’t like to refer to this time as “quarantine” because I wasn’t actually sick. I prefer the term “isolation” because I had to be alone for a while, away from my community as much as possible, in the unlikely event that I caught the virus. Fortunately, my test result came back negative, as I expected that it would. By the time my result came back, I had spent nearly a week in isolation.

Hidden with God in Isolation
Hidden with God in Isolation

Hidden with God
In a way, isolation was incredibly lonely. I couldn’t spend time with my community, and they rarely talked to me or checked on me. If I hadn’t FaceTimed my family and Nathan every other night, I would have gone crazy from the lack of social interaction. Although I had to be physically isolated from people, I grew ever closer to God during my period of isolation.

It’s easy for me to make excuses about not praying as much as I should. My most common ones are, “I’m too busy,” and “I don’t have enough time.” In isolation, all I really had to do was work from home. I couldn’t help with cooking, dishes, or chores, let alone leave my room, so I had more time and was more free to do whatever I wanted. I spent some of my time blogging, writing letters, and calling loved ones on FaceTime, but the most rewarding and fruitful thing I did during isolation was improve my prayer life. I began my isolation by beginning the St. Andrew Christmas Novena and starting my 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration renewal. I kept delving into Scripture, reading 1 John and 2 John. God’s Word continues to capture my heart, so I took my time with reading, contemplating, and journaling about it.

Even when I was isolated I still felt close to God. As I had to separate myself from my community, I knew that I could cling to my Heavenly Father. I could never be truly isolated from Him because of His constant presence. During my week by myself, He comforted me and embraced me in His love. Isolation wasn’t always pleasant, but when I turned to my Father in prayer, I happily dwelt there. In a way, I felt like He was isolated with me. Like my chapel veils help me to be hidden with Jesus during Mass, I felt hidden with Him in my upper room, and I cherished our moments alone together.

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Creating and Sharing a Special Space
Now that Covid cases are rising, non-essential businesses and non-profits are shifting to remote work. After a discussion with FMS, the other two associates and I decided to work from home three days a week. At first, I thought I would resent this option. From my time in isolation, I learned that I’m more productive in the office and I can focus more on my work in that designated space. Now, I’m glad that I can work from home because I have more time to pray.

During Advent, we reflect on what it means to prepare the way for the Lord. Generally, this looks like making our homes and hearts ready for the most important One to come to be with us. We make space for Him, clean it up, and make it lovely and special. With my deepening prayer life, my room has become a special space for the Lord, and He and I dwell there together. In the morning, I light a candle, sip some tea, and read and reflect on His Word. When I’m done with work, I look out the window to watch the sunset with Him while I pray the Rosary. Now that all the leaves are off the trees, I can see the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception through my bedroom window. The closeness of the Basilica is one of the many ways that I feel Jesus near.

Always Abiding with Him
The surprises of 2020 have taught me many lessons, one of them being there’s nowhere I can go where the Lord isn’t already. He’s always close to me, which is the most perfect gift. Remembering this truth reminds me to abide in Him in all things, like He encourages us to do in John 15. My prayer this Advent is that we can draw ever nearer to Jesus. May He soften our hearts and open them up so that He can abide in us.

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Joy in the Lord: 3rd Sunday of Advent 2020

I rejoice heartily in the Lord; in my God is the joy of my soul.

Isaiah 61:10

Our Search for Joy
As humans, we long for joy. Because we’re human, we’re not always sure how to seek joy, where we can find it, and if the source of our joy is good. Often, we find and settle for lower forms of joy. We find fleeting happiness in material objects and pleasure in superficial things and temporary feelings. These things of the world and the flesh come and go, so the greatest joy we’ll ever find is in God. He alone is eternal and almighty, so the truest and most perfect joy that we’ll ever experience lies with Him.

Joy in the Lord
Joy in the Lord

Rejoicing in the Lord
On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, the first reading comes from the book of Isaiah. He describes the joy that he finds in God, and how he rejoices in Him. The Lord doesn’t just cause a grin, a giggle, or a little pleasant feeling. The joy that He offers is overwhelming in the best way. It cannot be contained, so we praise, worship, and boast in Him.

Reflecting on Isaiah’s words, I think of Mary’s Magnificat. When she visited her cousin, Elizabeth, Mary boasted in the Lord, sharing her joy in Him and the wonderful things that He has done, is doing, and will do. Like Isaiah, Mary says that her spirit rejoices in God (Luke 1:47). Having given Him her fiat, saying “yes” to His will in a big way, Mary found her joy in the Lord and rejoiced in Him. Of course, this joy cannot be contained, so she shared it beautifully and unceasingly by praising the Lord.

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Overflow with Joy
Although 2020 has shown us that everything comes and goes, we can still remember everything that God has done for us. This Advent, we can praise Him for all the blessings He grants us, the prayers that He answers, and the protection that He offers. This alone should stir our souls and cause us to rejoice, but there’s more. Now that Advent is half over, we know that we’ll be celebrating Christmas soon. Out of His never ending love for us, God became flesh to be with us and save us so that we could dwell with Him forever in Heaven. We can rejoice as we celebrate Jesus’ Nativity, and similarly, our hearts can overflow with joy in knowing that He’ll come again and that we’ll be together with Him in His Kingdom someday.

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Deepening our Faith: 2nd Sunday of Advent 2020

A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!

Isaiah 40:3

Cleaning Up Our Faith
We often hear that Advent is a time to deepen our faith. Like we clean up our house and make it lovely for a guest, we do the same with our faith during Advent. We get ready for Jesus to be with us, and we consider the unknown day of our death when we’ll meet Him face to face. With these times in mind, we “clean up” our faith through Confession and by doing penance. We strengthen it and make it lovely for Jesus by praying more often and more devoutly, and doing more acts of charity.

Deepening our Faith
Deepening our Faith

Loving the Preparation
When I was little, I didn’t really understand the season of Advent. I just wished it away so that I could get to the fun of Christmas. As I grew up, the beauty of Advent attracted me. I came to appreciate this liturgical season of waiting, and I grew to love the many ways of preparing for Jesus. I looked forward to praying more deeply, going to Confession, and making my heart ready for Jesus, and I participated in these practices intentionally and with joy.

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Heeding John the Baptist’s Call
In this Sunday’s reading, we were introduced to John the Baptist, who encourages us to prepare the way of the Lord. In his time, he prepared people for Jesus’ earthly ministry through Baptism as they repented from sin and did penance. He knew that Jesus would come to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven, and he wanted everyone to be ready.

John the Baptist’s call to prepare the way of the Lord still applies to us today. He reminds us that Jesus is really is coming, and there are real, tangible ways that we can get ready for Him. During this beautiful season, make your hearts ready for Jesus the way that you would prepare your home for a guest. Clean up your heart, make your soul beautiful, and open yourself up to welcome Him. We can still prepare the way of the Lord, and we can prepare His way into our lives and hearts.

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Giving God Our Daily Fiat

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.”

Luke 1:38

Our Will or His Will?
How often do you dream about the day when God reveals His plan for your life? I used to daydream of having some great epiphany. I dreamed up an elaborate scenario of realizing that God wants me to be a missionary, a Catholic writer, a super holy wife and mom, a youth minister, or whatever, and knowing exactly what I need to do follow His call. I muse over someday figuring out what’s going to make me a Saint and courageously pursue that path.

I was preoccupied by seeking a singular, grand moment instead of centering myself on the present.

Giving God our Daily Fiat
Giving God our Daily Fiat

Let it Be Done
Although we’re in the beautiful season of Advent, I want to take a minute and talk about Lent. It was my junior year of college, and some of my friends and I were embarking on Fiat 40, a retreat for Catholic college girls who want to grow closer to God through detachment and a radical prayer life. A week or so prior to Ash Wednesday, we huddled in a cozy apartment with mugs of tea and Bibles. My girlfriends from Slippery Rock’s Newman Center and the FOCUS missionaries read and prayed with the Annunciation passage. We reflected on Mary’s yes, which was so much more than a yes.

Fiat isn’t Latin for “yes;” it means so much more. Fiat means “let it be done.” I love to say that Mary gave her fiat completely, whole heartedly, and with no reservations. She surrendered to the Lord, giving Him all of herself and everything she had. Having conformed her will with His, Mary accepted God’s will out of her pure and perfect Love for Him. She held nothing back from God, understanding that although she didn’t have all of the answers, God would provide and everything would work out.

Having discovered the beauty and power of saying fiat to God, I began dreaming of how He would call me to say fiat. I obsessed over what my future would be like and the extraordinary plans that He would reveal to me.

Wanting What He Wants
There are so many unique things about Mary, like how she was conceived without original sin and her unlimited amount of grace. Mary was so in tune with God’s will that she conformed her will with His. In other words, Mary always wanted what God wanted. Mary didn’t travel to many countries or write eloquent letters, but she was the closest and most perfect disciple because she said “yes” to God at all times and in all things.

Our Blessed Mother was secure in knowing that God had good and beautiful plans for her life. Mary wasn’t sitting around waiting for an angel to appear to her. She didn’t impatiently wait for a sign that God was calling her to something grand, and she didn’t pursue things that weren’t meant for her. She trusted in the Lord’s perfect timing, staying receptive to God and His will for her. Because of this, she had the capacity to give her fiat at the Annunciation. Because she said “yes” to God in every way of every day of her life, she was able to say the biggest “yes” ever.

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A Rude Awakening
When I made my Marian Consecration almost a year ago, I felt compelled to emulate Mary so that I could love her Son more. In learning more about Mary and longing to be more like her, I realized that I was doing the opposite of what Mary did. I searched for my own will and held on to things that God didn’t want for me.

It wasn’t pleasant to realize that I needed to be more humble and obedient, especially towards God, but it was so good to know that I could grow in these virtues and that I had my Mother as the most perfect example. Like the gentle mother that she is, Mary helped me to open my heart to God’s will. She patiently taught me to be still and receive the goodness that God always pours into us. Instead of searching for what isn’t mine or what I can’t have yet, I became more conscious of the ways that I can do God’s will every day.

Letting Our Mother Guide Us
Mary probably never expected that she would be the Mother of God, but she accepted His will with grace and humility. In contrast, I used to think that I would change the world. I still hope that I’ll be a great Saint, but now I understand that listening to and following God will make me a Saint. If I want to know what my big “V” vocation is or what will lead me to Sainthood, I need to be open to the little things in my daily life that God uses sanctify me. This practice has helped me to understand God’s will for me more clearly.

Especially during Advent, I contemplate Mary’s humility and obedience. I look to her as a model of these virtues and she lovingly grants me the graces to grow in them. My prayer is that during this beautiful liturgical season, we can become more like our Blessed Mother and allow her to help us love her Son more. In doing so, we can give God our daily fiats by recognizing and fulfilling the little things He asks of us each day.

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