This is the first in a series on Alexander’s pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago Compostela. His hopes for prayer seemed initially squashed by the pain he endured in the first few days.
Christ is calling you to change the world, and you have a specific role. How would you respond?
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.
Our Western culture lacks something so much a part of Eastern culture: reverence and humility, displayed in the gesture of the bow.
What is keeping you paralysed? Put yourself in Jesus’ hands in this healing audio meditation.
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.