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
So when it comes to discerning God’s will, where do we start? Well, whether it makes us uncomfortable or not, it starts with obedience. If we’re not humble enough to be obedient, we’re not going to be able to accurately discern God’s will for us.
Discerning God’s will has 2 major components: the objective and the subjective. The objective component is the one we all have in common. It applies to all of us, and there are no exceptions. We can’t really talk about the subjective element unless the objective component is in place. God is never going to ask any of us to violate His objective standards.
The objective components of God’s will are comprised of two elements: the Bible and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. We’ll start with the Bible... Read More
Do you like yellow traffic lights, especially when you’re in a hurry to get somewhere? Of course not. But in this blog, we’re going to talk about how yellow lights can be a great blessing.
There was a year or so in my life, sometime in the mid-1990’s, when it seemed like I was hitting a yellow light at every major intersection. It got to the point where I wondered what was going on.
After my conversion experience in 1988, for the first time I began to appreciate the reality that God is communicating to every human being on a regular basis. We think of prayer as talking to God, but the most important part of prayer is listening, being attentive and watchful for God’s communication to us. So when this yellow light syndrome struck in the mid-90’s, I wondered what it was all about.
Now, I have a saying: “Every yellow light is just for you?” What do I mean by that? Read More