Part 2 of 3 of an interview with Tim Mackie and Jon Collins of The Bible Project, exploring some of the biblical themes that connect to Ignatian spirituality.
Being a Disciple is the first stage in the Christian life, but Christ is calling us to a deeper role: being an Apostle, one who is sent.
What does God’s command to “subdue the earth” mean? It has much to do with discernment.
Each day our desires come face to face with challenges, and the mess of feelings in the middle doesn’t make the spiritual life any easier. Yet these three things are important to pay attention to.
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.
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.