ADVENT WEEK 3 Discernment

God of truth, we know you are constantly speaking to us. In the people around us, we see you; we hear you. In the joys and challenges placed before us, you are at work, nudging us along. In those moments of silence, you speak an encouraging word to us. Help us to hear you, in all the ways you speak to us, and to act. Amen.

Patient Trust - Part 3

We continue our prayerful reflection on the poem by Teilhard de Chardin, SJ.

Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.

How do we allow God to speak to us? Do we hear God’s voice—and respond?

Scripture: James 5:7 – 10
Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged.

Justin White is on the Ignatian Mission and Identity team at the Jesuit high school near Baltimore, MD, Loyola Blakefield, where he also teaches theology. Justin also serves on the board of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.