This Advent season, Ghirelli is focusing on how to center your heart and mind on the blessings of the virtues. During each week of the Advent season, we will highlight the virtue that best encapsulates the week of waiting for the Christ child. This week, our focus is how we can find hope in the anticipation of the coming of Christ.
Hope, as defined by the Catholic Church, is one of the three theological virtues and is the combination of the desire for something and expectation for receiving it. But, hope is so much more.Hope is the longing for Divine union and eternal happiness; it is the act of the will. It is the secured assurance in God and His divinity.
We are called not to long for Christ in anxious anticipation, but rather, in a serene and focused manner. We wait in a prayerful, enduring mindset during this season, so that we can withstand even the toughest of trials that may present themselves. Just as the Advent wreath is a never ending, prayerful reminder of Christ’s love, so too is the Rosary. We can prepare our hearts for His coming by praying with the Ghirelli Aurora Borealis collection. This way, we continue to let the hopeful light of Christ’s many blessings shine through.
The Advent wreath itself is an ever-constant reminder of the love that will always be present within our hearts. As we focus our attention to the first candle, otherwise known as the “Prophecy Candle,” we can take comfort in remembering that God will fulfill the prophecies about his most Beloved Son in the Old Testament. We are also encouraged to rest hopefully in the understanding that Jesus will come and fulfill His own prophecy of rescuing His followers from the sin of the world.
Hope is a choice: it is a self-imposed discipline to trust God during this time of waiting. This is a form of self-mastery and self growth, brought into light by God’s grace. To find hope in your life during this Advent season is a gift to be cherished unlike any other. Although this year has presented many hardships and trials, we take comfort in our hope for Jesus’ saving grace gifted to us at the time of His birth and ever present into eternity.
We want to leave you with a prayer to recite for the blessings of hope this week. We pray for your continued self-growth as you await the coming of the Christ child.