This Lent, try finding the ascetical practices in your life that already happen every day.
God’s love is a currency we’re called to spend. Jesus uses two parables to explain how this “God currency” works.
What good are material things if you just wrap them in plastic and never fully enjoy them?
Don’t figure things out on your own! Communal discernment is important to making decisions.
The gift of presence is sometimes more healing than fixing an unfixable problem. God sits with us and feels our feelings with us.
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 Annunciation. 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.