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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Discernment, the only way

We are in the fifth chapter of Gaudete et Exsultate, #165 where Pope Francis tells us: :Spiritual corruption is worse that the fall of a sinner, for it is a comfortable and self-satisfied form of blindness. Everything then appears acceptable: deception, slander, egotism and other subtle forms of self-centeredness, for 'even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light"(2Cor11:140). ...
166. How can we know if something comes from the Holy Spirit or if it stems from the spirit of the world or the spirit of the devil? The only way is through discernment, which calls for something more than intelligence or common sense. It is a gift which we must implore. If we ask with confidence that the Holy Spirit grant us this gift, and then seek to develop it through prayer, reflection, reading and good counsel, then surely we will grow in this spiritual endowment.

The underlining is mine, but I think this last chapter on discernment is very important and the Pope is very clear on the importance of this gift of being able to discern God's action in our lives.
I arrive home yesterday driving from Watsonville where I had nine nights and eight full days giving a retreat to one of my RSCJ friends in a lovely little condo near the ocean. It was a great way to deepen my own retreat and I enjoyed the time immensely. 

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