Something fundamental in every life of faith are the alternations of joy and fear, peace and anxiety, hope and discouragement that every human heart experiences as it journeys toward God. These alternations matter. The joy of experiencing God’s closeness instills new energy into the effort to love and serve. The darkness of discouragement and fear chills that quest and may overwhelm it completely. All faithful persons in all walks of life (lay, consecrated, clergy) experience some form of these inner spiritual fluctuations; times of energy and desire for the things of God, and other times when that energy and attention wane. We are not helpless in the face of such complex spiritual experiences. We can learn to respond wisely to these changes in our hearts. This is the wisdom at the heart of the spiritual life and it is called the Discernment of Spirits. Join Father Shawn as he explores St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules of Discernment to gain the insights that are necessary for spiritual growth today. These four “workshops” are for all who desire a greater awareness of God’s action in their daily spiritual lives. So that we can plan handouts and hospitality please register by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Suzanne in the parish office, 613-546-5521 ext. 3.