This year marks the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuits. Their suppression and restoration fits well into Lent and Easter themes of darkness and hope.
God illumines a light into the world through the Annunciation. 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.
Discover the power of Nothing. Darkness and emptiness is not an absence of God but rather an inviting space for God to fill.
The Christmas season ends on Sunday. The Baptism of the Lord calls us to bring people out of darkness, the dungeon of fear and despair.