Take, Lord, my understanding. Ignatius’ prayer calls us to mystery and unknowing.
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.
A conversation with Tim Muldoon on how Ignatian principles can be applied to all kinds of relationships.
A look at Ignatius’ more subtle rules for the Discernment of Spirits. This is the final part of a three-part series on Ignatius’ Rules for the Discernment of Spirits.
A look at the basic rules for the Discernment of Spirits. This is the second part of a three-part series on Ignatius’ Rules for the Discernment of Spirits.
How do we know the voice of God from the voice of the evil one? This is the first part of a three-part series on Ignatius’ Rules for the Discernment of Spirits.