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.