Concerning Lay Preaching and Such
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(01-02-2010, 02:26 AM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: I asked a priest: how do we figure out what to do?  I mean, assuming it is moral and such, how do we figure out it is what we are supposed to be doing.  His answer was that God wants us to do whatever is honorable and true, and He will lead us the rest of the way.  So far I haven't come across a better or more practical answer, so that's what I try to do, and I tell God that I'm an idiot and if He wants me to do something to feel free to pull a Jonah on me because I often have wax in my ears, etc.  I don't ask for signs, I try to surrender my will to Him and ask Him to just force me into it.

Sometimes I think we completely miss the boat because we think God wants us to do something spectacular (which is probably a form of pride).  Well, He just wanted St. Joseph to be a good foster father to Jesus.  By doing this "simple" thing, St. Joseph did exactly what God wanted.  This is "The Little Way".  I think for a lot of people His plan is for us to be good parents, good sons and daughters, etc.  And, of course, good Catholics.  If everyone got this down, those He chooses to do more "spectacular" things would have less of a problem, because it seems to me most of the headaches the Saints get come from our misbehavior.  The "Little Way" is actually for everyone, even the most spectacular of Saints because the "Little Way" prepares them for greater things.

Awesome thoughts, Quis!!! The majority of us probably won't be priests, martyrs, missionaries, lay preachers, or great doctors of theology. At the same time, we can live our lives in the "spirit" of priests, martyrs, and missioners, etc. Such a life makes our "ordinary" work extraordinary, and indeed prepares some for greater things. That is the heart of St. Therese's "Little Way."

Another thing about discernment: Sometimes we fumble and never "get it." An example: My grandfather always felt he might be "called" to use his musical talents as a choir director. But, for whatever reason, he didn't make it. Instead he entertained family and friends with his piano playing and singing, and continued to live a good Catholic life and grew in holiness. So whether we hit or miss the mark regarding specific "callings" - we can still obey the commandments and always seek to love God more. In the end, this is all God asks of us. 

Here's what another Carmelite had to say - which is not far from the topic.

St. John of the Cross Wrote:Although revelations may be of God, we cannot always be sure of their meaning; for we can very easily be greatly deceived by them because of our manner of understanding them. Let us take an example. A soul has great desires to be a martyr. It may happen that God answers him, saying: Thou shalt be a martyr. This will give him inwardly great comfort and confidence that he is to be martyred; yet it may come to pass that he dies not the death of a martyr, and notwithstanding this the promise may be true. Why, then, is it not fulfilled literally? Because it will be fulfilled, and is capable of being fulfilled, according to the most important and essential sense of that saying -- namely, in that God will have given that soul the love and the reward which belong essentially to a martyr... (- St. John of the Cross from his chapter "On the Danger of Visions" from The Ascent of Mount Carmel)
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Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by Credo - 12-25-2009, 10:12 AM
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