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.
The hope of Emmanuel appears in the stories of our lives.
What is the purpose of the Year of Mercy, which begins today? Here are some ways to live out our God’s universal invitation to mercy and peace.
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.
Dogs don’t judge you; they listen, be with you, and love without condition. We can learn a lot from them as we spend time with family this holiday season.
In the midst of a broken world, we can find hope in the season of Advent.
Alexander imagines that in Jesus’ busyness around the holidays he would manage to slow down and spend time with someone in need.
“Perhaps we are being called to remain with these suffering people, in silence, with no words, allowing the spirit of the God of abundant life to move within each of us.”