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.
My name is Andy Otto. For two and a half years I was a Jesuit in the Society of Jesus. It has informed and transformed my life. I have a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology. I love travelling, swing dancing, Disney, and have lived in Boston, New York, DC, Jamaica, and Orlando.
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.
Not forgiving ourselves or others blocks our capacity to give and receive the gift of thanksgiving.
Sometimes you just need to ask God for what you desire.
The sacramentality of sending someone a hug.
Feminists often talk about “strong women”. But we rarely hear about “strong men” in the same way. True courage and strength means an embrace of genuine feminism—a feminism that reveals the beauty of male and female. Perhaps we can reexamine the meaning of a “strong man” as an effort to balance out our views of men and women.
I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness, but a stranger seemed to do it better than I during a particular moment in church.
Buddhism and Ignatian spirituality have many fascinating parallels.