Advent is a season of waiting, a season of patience and trust. We wait for the coming of Christ anew in our world, in our lives. And we trust in God's promise to us -- and in God's timing. As you consider these Advent themes, we invite you to slowly and prayerfully meditate on the famous prayer of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ: Patient Trust. Consider how it relates to your life and to this season of Advent.
To aid in your reflection, we've invited individuals from across the Ignatian family to share their reflections on Teilhard de Chardin's prayer. They do so below, drawing connections to their lives, Ignatian spirituality and to each Sunday's Scripture.Maria G. Arroyo, graduate of Loyola Marymount University and trained spiritual director, reflects on the Magis - and how it often challenges us to be patient. Cecilia Calvo, Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice at the Office of Justice and Ecology inthe Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, challenges us to wait on God, to trust in God's timing, as we continue our efforts for social and ecological justice. Justin White, faculty member at Loyola Blakefield and board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, reminds us that, through discernment, we better know God's will for us - and are able to live out God's call. Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, a Midwest Jesuit studying theology in Berkeley, CA, reminds us to be kind to ourselves, to show ourselves compassion, as God does.