Ignatius was not the only Jesuit who wrote spiritual exercises.
Ignatius says our purpose is to praise, reverence, and serve God. But this sounds like a rather selfish God.
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.
This is an Ignatian retreat, based on the Spiritual Exercises, that can be made in just a few days – even online.
Dream what God has in store for you. The Exercises call us to engage our imagination as we step into a deeper relationship with God.
Why do we treat important decisions like products, as if we’re “buying” an “add-on” for our life? True Christian discernment ought to be about “selling” and casting off false masks.