“The More” is a concept among Sisters of St. Joseph that appears to come from our Ignatian roots. We have a sister who was on one of the Research Teams that spent time in France uncovering our roots, and I’m sure she would be able to explain this more precisely than I. Hopefully she’ll chime in with a comment…
Anyway, this concept comes up in our consensus statement, which is a statement of the central ideas found in the primitive documents from the beginnings of the congregation. The Carondelet CSJ’s have the whole statement on their web site, if you care to take a look.
In essence, part of what it means to be a Sister of St. Joseph is to always be striving for what is more excellent, more loving, more honest, more… the MORE!
For me, this means in part, that the times when I am in the most peril are when things are going smoothly. In such times, it is too easy to get comfortable and resist changes that might turn my life upside down yet again. In such times, I tend to take my relationship with God for granted. I may have done my Ph.D. research in the area of stability theory, but my heart knows that too much stability in my spiritual/affective life means stunted personal growth.
On the other hand, I have found it not so wise to seek and create chaos in my life. The Spirit is quite capable of keeping life interesting for me without my interference.
So, discernment is so important…how to know when it is the Holy Spirit who is prompting me towards the next step in my own growth and holiness, or when it is me stirring the pot.
Advent is a great time for learning how better to welcome the God-Life that is waiting to be born in each of us. Sometimes the birth is painful and difficult, but the alternatives are more life-threatening from a spiritual standpoint.
I hope you are having a blessed Advent!