We may wish for this last week of Advent to be full of stillness, peace, and prayer as we approach the birth of Christ, but the reality is probably far from that. From students taking finals, to last minute Christmas party preparations, to finishing work projects, it may seem that this last week of Advent is busier than the rest. It is fitting that the candle for this week represents peace. Jesus provides us a peace that the world will never be able to offer. Peace is not merely a feeling; rather, it is a peace that comes from being in a right relationship with God. It is a peace that nothing in the world can give nor take away. How do we foster this spirit of peace? Through taking time to be silent in prayer. We must sit with the Lord in prayer, whether it's five minutes before we do the dishes, during our Holy Hour, or in the car on our way to work, for it is only in prayer and silence that we can hear the voice of God. The Lord wants to enter into our lives, especially in this final week leading up to His birth. Maybe it is for this reason that the fourth Advent candle represents peace. He is telling us to slow down and to take extra time to sit with Him and rest in His peace. How can we do this practically? Some ways could be to not listen to music or the radio in the car, waking up ten minutes earlier to pray, reading Scripture before bed instead of watching TV, or going to daily Mass. No matter what you do, make sure to find a little extra time to sit with Him, even in the business and craziness of these final days. He wants nothing more than to give you His peace.
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