Habit Forming

Growing in Virtue

In order to achieve consistency and stability in our lives, we need to develop a system where we can readily discern and freely seek that which is good. Simply put, healthy habits will lead us toward virtue, while bad habits will corrupt us through vice. Our habits are formed by the behaviors and routines we practice. This regular repetition produces tendencies, which over time dispose us to respond promptly, easily, and joyfully to our circumstances.

The purpose of our monthly topics is to direct our daily focus upon one aspect of life that can guide us toward the development of a positive habit. Make an effort to reflect upon the subject a little bit each day. Consider tangible and constructive ways you can improve in this area. In the spirit of the monthly theme, make a daily choice to seek out the greater good as it pertains to your situation. While we are growing in virtue, the right choice might not be the easy choice. But through the grace of God, these choices will eventually become healthy habits–or virtues.

December 2023



The season of Advent gives us an opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ, both at the end of time and on the anniversary of his birth. “The Lord is coming, always coming,” notes the Reverend Henri Nouwen. “When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.”

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