“Be Ready!”: An Advent Devotional

In the season of Advent, as we prepare our hearts and homes for the Nativity of Our Lord, St. Josemaria Escriva reminds us that we must learn “to build a real and genuine interior life upon the deep foundations of the human virtues” because “human virtues constitute the foundation for the supernatural virtues” (Friends of God, no. 83, 74).

Available as a free digital download, “Be Ready!”: An Advent Devotional from the St. Josemaria Institute guides us on a deep reflection on the four cardinal virtues–prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance–and asks us how we are living them in this season of our lives. In the season of waiting, we will learn how the cardinal virtues can teach us:

  • To practice “vigilant listening” and be attentive to God’s promptings in our souls.
  • To trust in God for: “You alone, my God, have always been my strength, my refuge and my support.”
  • To free oneself “from many kinds of slavery and savoring instead, in the depths of one’s heart, to the fullness of God’s love.”
  • To “be ready to give him more.”

“Be Ready!”: An Advent Devotional includes passages from the Nativity story and excerpts from St. Josemaria’s writings to help you reflect on one virtue each week; reflection questions to help you go deeper and to use for journaling; and a weekly podcast to help guide your time of prayer.



Listed below are the featured podcasts that correspond with the “Be Ready!”: An Advent Devotional:


Thank you for allowing us to accompany your time of prayer and reflection this Advent season! In addition to the Advent devotional, we also recommend the following resources:

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The St. Josemaria Institute was founded in 2006 to promote the life, teachings, and devotion to St. Josemaria Escriva among all men and women who desire to find meaning and happiness in their daily lives by growing closer to God. The St. Josemaria Institute produces and distributes digital and print media as a means to spread Christian values around the world and to help people navigate and live well in the digital age.

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