Discernment, Prayer and the Spiritual Exercises

So it was that the statue of Mary kept her tinsel and artificial winter foliage until 2nd February. But then, when everything else was taken down... she still kept her tinsel. Looking up at the statue and seeing the Christmas decorations around her...
Scattered star sequins
I was left wondering what it was she had not asked for and from whom. Was it a serious illness or was it a deserved promotion? From the tone I rather suspect it was the former. It made me ponder how very often we beg God for things rather than...
A train platform with people walking along it
But today I found a new notebook and was really pleased. Such a simple thing, but it would mean I could make sure I was organised over the coming weeks. Despite its very ordinary uses I have to add that the notebook also has some less ordinary uses...
Notebook and pen
Still, a sense of gratitude came to me as though from nowhere. Gratitude because I knew that things could be worse. More than that though, I had a heightened awareness of the sufferings of others, a strong sense that although I wasn't feeling my...
Two people talking, looking out at a view
What is considered a weed, worth little in our flower gardens, was first bright yellow, then closed up again before reopening to this majestic perfection. Look closely. Each blossom is perfectly white, artistically formed, like a magic wand, ready...
A dandelion 'clock' or seedhead
Exactly after I said 'let's go', two people walked past us and as though in immediate response – though they were talking to each other and not to me – one of them said 'Sure, let's go, but go where?' This struck me as being quite funny, especially...
An aerial view of a department store with clothes on display.
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