Here are four points to growing in virtue:
- Take small steps - we grow little by little. Start with one small, real, concrete step.
- Virtue begets virtue - if you can get one little thing right in your life, it will have a ripple effect. Virtue begets virtue; vice begets vice.
- We can ask the Holy Spirit - “Holy Spirit, show me what one small change I need to make in my life that will have the biggest ripple effect in my life.” The Holy Spirit is the master of getting us out of tangles quickly. The Holy Spirit always delivers what he orders. If the Holy Spirit asks you to do something you can be sure that the grace will be there to do it.
- 40 days - It is not good enough to do something for two days. That is useless. The ideal time for breaking the power of a vice or habit and establish a good virtue or habit is between 21 or 40 days. You have to make a decision. You have to write it down. Make a decision and stick with it.
Since I began doing this years ago, I can honestly say that I have grown with the grace of God. When we see growth in our lives, when we can tell we are making progress, it gives us hope. We all know everyone is a work in progress. There's a joy that comes when we see that we are actually making progress with the grace of God.
We have to continue growing in the interior life. The soul is a secret garden that we are supposed to make into a paradise for God. This is the work of a lifetime.