Sunday, 01 September 2019 08:53

Principles of discernment Live constantly in God, Part 4

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In conclusion of the phases of discernment, we recall that discernment is the art of the spiritual life in which we understand how God communicates himself to us. Through discernment we avoid deception and learn to recognize truth. Discernment is the art of speaking with God rather than with temptation. The main character in this journey is the Holy Spirit. We use our intelligence in the most complete way only when our intellect is enlightened by the Holy Spirit. 

In conclusion of the phases of discernment, we recall that discernment is the art of the spiritual life in which we understand how God communicates himself to us. Through discernment we avoid deception and learn to recognize truth. Discernment is the art of speaking with God rather than with temptation. The main character in this journey is the Holy Spirit. We use our intelligence in the most complete way only when our intellect is enlightened by the Holy Spirit. We can say that divine inspirations are recognized by the following characteristics:

  • They fill us with peace
  • They do not change
  • They impress in us a sense of humility

External criteria:

  1. God does not contradict himself
  2. Consistency with the sacred Scriptures and with the teachings of the church
  3. Consistency with the demands of our vocation

Internal criteria:

  1. 1. Discernment of the spirit
  2. 2. One knows by its fruit
  3. 3. Formation of experience
  4. 4. Complementary signs: constancy and humility

Passages for meditation:

Mk 1: 18-22 (the call of Simon and Andrew; the call of James and John)

Mk 10: 17 (the rich young man) 

Acts 9: 3-11 (the conversion of St. Paul)

1 Cor 7: 29-38 (the best thing … )

Lk 18: 28-30 (whoever gives up his house … )

Jn 15: 16 (You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.)

1 Sam 3: 1-21 (the call of Samuel) 

Next Issue: Sacrament of reconciliation and purification from sin.