Ignatius was quick to name tears as a sign of consolation, but it’s not the only indicator of spiritual movement.
It’s a simple question that can be a powerful discernment tool.
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.
Re-casting consolation and desolation into a single question.
Out choices become mini-incarnations. How do we live out our choices now?
As discernment gains clarity there is still the question of which path to take.
Ignatius says to relish moments in prayer, but we must also dwell in the God moments we experience outside of formal prayer.
The tension of good and evil; consolation and desolation