God’s love is poured out upon us abundantly, and the scriptures often symbolise this as food.
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.
Christ is calling you to change the world, and you have a specific role. How would you respond?
If we’ve rejected God in life, does God give us another chance after death? Who’s in hell? Why do we picture heaven as a “reward”? Can God’s infinite mercy mean no one is in hell?
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.
Kate could not have gotten through school if it weren’t for Ignatius and his Examen!