Advent is a season of preparation -- for making space for God who will come among us. The intention of reading Joan Chittister's book, and the intention of reinforcing or creating a practice of faith, is to help us not just to make space, but to reflect on the space we make -- to ask the questions:
how am I in relationship with God now?
what is God up to now?
where am I being called to make a commitment or take an action?
When I don't make space, there is no end of distraction and detail in my life and psyche that will try and take over whatever space I think I have. So instead of living with purpose, I end up chasing after those distractions and details which badger me into submission or confusion.
I am much taken with the question of St. Augustine (page 56): " Do you seek God? Seek within yourself and ascend through yourself."
I take that as an invitation, if not a challenge, to make space in the soul for the one who dares to be Emmanuel, God with us.