The darkness of Winter Solstice reminds us that we’ll soon be met with reassuring light.
The hope of Emmanuel appears in the stories of our lives.
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.
In the midst of a broken world, we can find hope in the season of Advent.
On retreat, the light of God more widely illuminates the path before us.
When light shines in on our discernment we find hope.
In a whirl of darkness and indecision, how do we find sense and clarity?
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuits. Their suppression and restoration fits well into Lent and Easter themes of darkness and hope.