Lenten Reflections: 1st Monday in Lent: Personal Discernment

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Lenten Reflections: 1st Monday in Lent: Personal Discernment

Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit Dis­cern­ment is the one that is the most valu­able but seem­ingly the hard­est to rec­og­nize. The inabil­ity to dis­cern God’s actu­ally will vs what we THINK God’s will is or even worse telling the dif­fer­ence between God’s Will and our will, has been the source of a lot of grief both great and small in the world. (If you really want to under­stand how that works check out Ford and Arthur ratio­nal­iz­ing eat­ing the berries at the end of the book Restau­rant at the End of the Universe)

Of course these days, with many peo­ple totally aban­don­ing God the num­ber of those actu­ally try­ing to dis­cern his will is smaller than it is but still it remains a daily prob­lem for the devout.

We should of course pray for dis­cern­ment but the real prob­lem for dis­cern­ing God will isn’t that we don’t know the rules it’s that we DO.

  • Does our action (or inac­tion) man­i­fest Love of God?
  • Does our action or inac­tion) man­i­fest the love of your neigh­bor as yourself?

Those are very sim­ple rules, rules a child can under­stand when makes them very hard if we are look­ing for God’s will to match ours and not vice versa.

May we dur­ing this Lenten sea­son remem­ber these rules as we pray for discernment.

Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit Discernment is the one that is the most valuable but seemingly the hardest to recognize. The inability to discern God’s actually will vs what we THINK God’s will is or even worse telling the difference between God’s Will and our will, has been the source of a lot of grief both great and small in the world. (If you really want to understand how that works check out Ford and Arthur rationalizing eating the berries at the end of the book Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

Of course these days, with many people totally abandoning God the number of those actually trying to discern his will is smaller than it is but still it remains a daily problem for the devout.

We should of course pray for discernment but the real problem for discerning God will isn’t that we don’t know the rules it’s that we DO.

  • Does our action (or inaction) manifest Love of God?
  • Does our action or inaction) manifest the love of your neighbor as yourself?

Those are very simple rules, rules a child can understand when makes them very hard if we are looking for God’s will to match ours and not vice versa.

May we during this Lenten season remember these rules as we pray for discernment.