To hear God’s voice, there are times when we must be attentive and silent. While it’s true that sometimes God speaks to us through another person, or through an event, there are other times when we must be very still, very quiet, very alone.
One of the most powerful spiritual experiences of my life took place during a “silent” retreat at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas, in February of 2000. The retreat lasted five days and was based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. No speaking was permitted at any time except for a half hour each day when each person on the retreat met with a spiritual director.
One of the most frequent statements Jesus made is that “The kingdom is at hand.” What does that really mean? Well, the whole mission of Jesus Christ was and is to make the divine life He shared with the Father and the Holy Spirit available to every human being. When Jesus says, “The kingdom is at hand,” He is telling the whole world that this divine life is here. It’s real. We can have it.
The big problem is that most of us who consider ourselves people of faith don’t fully accept the offer of Jesus to share His divinity. We might pray. We might go to church. We might be nice. But can we say that we have experienced God’s divine power? Do we even think that experiencing God’s power is possible? The power to heal? The power to transform? The power to... Read More
Our last blog dealt with the objective aspect of discerning God’s will, the call for all Christians to learn and obey the teachings of the Bible and the Catholic Church. Now, we will focus on the subjective aspect of God’s will. As we mentioned, what God asks for each of us will never be contrary to the teachings in the Bible or of the Catholic Church. Although we all have that in common, what God might ask of each of us beyond the objective requirements of our faith might be very unique. How does God want each of us to build up the kingdom, to serve humanity? How does He want each of us to use our unique gifts? What does God want each of us to do this year, this month, this day, this hour?
In this first blog on the subjective aspect of discernment, we will focus on two principles: 1) God is communicating to each of us all the time; 2) God leads, then we respond. I’m going to quote extensively from an article... Read More