Tuesday, June 26, 2018
When discernment is necessary
As we continue with the last chapter of Gaudete et Exsultate,
we can see how necessary discernment is and how important the Pope thinks a daily examen, in dialogue with the Lord, is.
169. "Discernment is necessary not only at extraordinary times, when we need to resolve grave problems and make crucial decisions. It is a means of spiritual combat for helping us to follow the Lord more faithfully. We need it at all times, to help us recognize God's timetable, lest we fail to heed the promptings of his grace and disregard his invitation to grow. Often discernment is exercised in small and apparently irrelevant things.....It involves striving untrammelled for all that is great, better and more beautiful, while at the same time being concerned for the little things, for each day's responsibilities and commitments. For this reason, I ask all Christians not to omit, in dialogue with the Lord, a sincere daily 'examination of conscience'. Discernment also enables us to recognize the concrete means that the Lord provides in his mysterious and loving plan, to make us move beyond mere good intentions."
Underlining is mine. I am really trying to make this daily examen to see where Jesus is calling me in my daily life and I hope you will try to take back this important spiritual exercise, too.