The reality of the present moment is hard to face, but that’s where God’s grace is.
When we look at the face of the poor, we’re reminded of our own power and privilege. Yet it’s the poor who teach us about our powerlessness and how to live a life of mercy.
Why are we uncomfortable with vulnerability and gentleness when God’s encounter with us often happens in those moments of meekness and softness?
Jesus entered this world in poverty. Imagine the mercy of God breaking into the grittiness of 21st century poverty.
During a time when our imaginations are filled with the motherhood of Mary, let’s reflect on the motherhood of an older woman: Elizabeth.
God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every decision we make becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
If we sow seeds of mercy, we will reap more mercy.
God’s messages seem to come in threes for Teresa, and in the little creatures of nature.
People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? What were the signs they saw? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.