If we’ve rejected God in life, does God give us another chance after death? Who’s in hell? Why do we picture heaven as a “reward”? Can God’s infinite mercy mean no one is in hell?
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.
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.
God illumines a light into the world through the Annunication. Mary’s yes comes in a place of freedom, hope, and not clinging. Ignatius gives us several exercises for making decisions with this kind of freedom.
Incarnation occurs all the time, even in our decisions. We are in a whirl of confusion and feel like we’re in darkness. Advent is a time of sitting with those raw feelings and emotions because discernment begins with observation.
Kate could not have gotten through school if it weren’t for Ignatius and his Examen!
Sometimes within the weeds of life is hidden fruit. Oddly enough, Jesus tells us not to harshly rush to yank out the invading enemy, but to examine it first.
Religious themes are certainly not absent from Star Trek. Here’s an encore post of What Is Death?
When we have an encounter with the divine, we must ask: How is this encounter going to affect how I live the rest of my life?