Wednesday, June 27, 2018
No special abilities required
Pope Francis continues to tell us in the fifth and last chapter of his Exhortation on Holiness about discernment. Again, the underlining is mine.
170. ..."We should always remember that discernment is a grace. Even though it includes reason and prudence, it goes beyond them, for it seeks a glimpse of that unique and mysterious plan that God has for each of us, which takes shape amid so many varied situations and limitations. It involves more than my temporal well-being, my satisfaction at having accomplished something useful, or even my desire for peace of mind. It has to do with the meaning of my life before the Father who knows and loves me, with the real purpose of my life, which nobody knows better than he. Ultimately, discernment leads to the wellspring of undying life: to know the Father, the only true God, and the one whom he has sent, Jesus Christ (cf. Jn 17:3). It requires no special abilities, nor is it for the more intelligent or better educated. The Father readily reveals himself to the lowly (cf. Mt 11:25).