How does fasting fit in with the joyous time of Advent? Advent is preparing us not just for the birth of Christ, but it is also preparing us for the beginning of our salvation story. We fast to empty ourselves of the guilty pleasures, of habitual sin, and of excess attachments to have room for the Word made Flesh. Every hunger pain we feel can turn our heart and mind to the Lord. Soon we will be praying unceasingly as called and what healing we would have!
Empty yourself from the noise so you can be filled with God’s voice!It will be difficult at first but ask for help from Him and He will aid you! And quieting your exterior will only help you when the time comes to quiet your interior.
The Carmelite Doctors refer to Christ as the Bridegroom and the Spouse of our souls. This would only make sense then that these intimate conversations would take place apart from others. And I think if our earthly relationships are vulnerable enough such that a retreat from others is needed, how much more intimate were Jesus and God the Father’s conversations! Seeking solitude allowed for Them to share this intimacy without distractions, watchful eyes, or listening ears. We too should want our conversations with Christ to be this way...
Who better to help us get recolleted than the spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mary. Reciting the Rosary is a wonderful way to turn our hearts and minds to Christ. During Advent, meditating on the Joyful mysteries can help you build that joyful anticipation to the birth of Jesus.
Advent is this beautiful time the Church has given us to slow down and allow our hearts and minds to be emptied. The Greek term for this iskenosis. We empty ourselves so we can be filled with the Holy Spirit. And beautifully enough this action points to the Incarnation because Christ “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7)