Alexis Dallara-Marsh offers an Advent challenge designed to help us grow in virtue.
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire that others may be loved more than I.
It is fitting to always reflect on the virtues of the Holy Family, but particularly so during Advent. In a modern-day world that prides itself on fame and power, the simple humility exemplified by Joseph, Mary, and Jesus cannot hold more awe and admiration. Joseph was a "just man and unwilling to expose her to shame" (Matthew 1:19).
How quick most are to point fingers in order to protect their own self-dignity. It helps to call to mind the Litany of Humility, which asks Christ Jesus to deliver us from a fear of being humiliated, despised, ridiculed, wronged. The Holy Family is the epitome of this prayer, as in each member we see one setting aside love of oneself and in place, recognizing the glory of God.
A special goal one could have during the season of Advent would be to pray the Litany of Humility daily. I like to try and remind myself using the Hallow app, since as so many of us I am on my phone so frequently.
During this very busy season, let us first hold in reverence the gentleness of how the Holy Family cared for each other during a most trialing time. Let us emulate their example of what it is to truly love God and one another first and foremost.
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About the Author
Dr. Alexis Dallara-Marsh is a board-certified neurologist who practices in Bergen County, NJ. She is a wife to her best friend, Akeem, and a mother of two little ones on Earth, plus two others in Heaven above.