As St. Athanasius wrote, God became man (INCARNATION) so that man might become God (SANCTIFICATION). In other words, Jesus was born to take you into Himself, redeem you, elevate you, configure you to Himself, adopt you as a brother, and allow you to share in His divine nature. Are you living up to such greatness? As you await the birth of the Messiah this Advent, set aside some time to recognize what your “darkness” is and allow Him to shed light upon you. Then kneel before a tabernacle or crucifix and beg Him to come and transform you. These questions and petitions should help.
The Lord asks me to be a holy son/daughter.
Can my parents count on me?
Am I available to help at home whenever needed?
Do I obey immediately and with a smile?
Do I ask forgiveness when I make mistakes?
The Lord asks me to be a holy brother/sister.
Do my siblings feel loved by me?
Do I yell at my siblings and get angry right away?
Do I offer to help them with their homework or explain things they do not understand?
The Lord asks me to be a holy student.
Do I take good advantage of my study time? If not, why?
Do I try to do my homework and projects as best I can or do I do the minimum?
The Lord asks me to be a holy friend.
Do I treat my friends with charity, thinking about how to help them and not just have fun?
When there are superficial or dirty conversations, or gossip, do I try to change the subject? Do I approve it with my silence? Or do I even participate willingly?
Do I pray for my friends?
Do I forgive them if I feel offended?
The Lord asks me to be a holy Christian!
How do I use my free time?
Have I set aside a time for prayer every day?
Do I pray the rosary?
Do I nourish in my soul a desire to love God?
Am I docile to the Lord, willing to do whatever He asks of me?
Come, Lord Jesus, and give me a stronger desire to love you.
Come, Lord Jesus, and give me an insatiable thirst for you.
Come, Lord Jesus, and give me light to see what I must do with an open heart.
Come, Lord Jesus, and give me strength to do your will.
Come, Lord Jesus, and give me the motivation I need to be faithful to the graces you give me.
Come, Lord Jesus, and win in my heart that I may truly be yours.
Come, Lord Jesus, and help me overcome my pride, laziness, indifference, and selfishness.
Come, Lord Jesus, and make this Advent a new beginning for me.
Come, Lord Jesus, and take away all my fears.
Come, Lord Jesus, and heal me.
Come, Lord Jesus, and forgive me.
Come, Lord Jesus, and have mercy on me.
Come, Lord Jesus, and make me experience your love for me.
Come, Lord Jesus, (write your own petitions).
"Behold our God; in him we hoped that he would save us; this is the Lord, in which we have hoped; let us rejoice, let us rejoice for his salvation" (Is. 25:9).