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Dear Family of God,
What is discernment? Why do we need to do it?
Saint Paul urges us, "by the mercies of God, to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship." He continues, "Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is pleasing and perfect" (Romans 12:1-2).
According to Father Timothy Gallagher, OMV, in his book The Discernment of Spirits, "discernment is to be aware, to understand and to take action" on the truth, event or situation that God has presented with, in a given moment. Prayer and the wisdom of the Church with her 2000 years tradition will help and guide us and lead us to the truth, to peace and joy that our hearts long for.
Discernment is needed because the enemy is so subtle and cunning, if we are not careful we can easily be deceived as many of our brothers and sisters are. There is a saying: "The way to hell is paved with good intentions". When Saint Peter trying to dissuade Jesus from the cross, Jesus rebukes Saint Peter and calls him "Satan". Although a good intention, Peter was not discerning God's will. He was putting his own human will and comfort above the will of God. That is why even with the best of intentions, we can say or do things that help the enemy instead of God.
Another example: the issue on abortion or killing a baby inside the womb. Both the so called "pro-choice" and pro-life believe in helping women by supporting either one. Their intention is to help, but there is another principle in Ethics which says: "The end does not justify the means." The good intention to help a woman, (the end or purpose) does not make killing (the means) her own baby right. Those who are pro-choice are made to believe making abortion available to women is an act of compassion, to free women from the burden of child-rearing especially when they are single and facing unwanted pregnancy. But this is misguided compassion. They are not told that abortion hurts women and men and kills their own baby. God's law that is written in our heart, "love one another as Jesus loves you, thou shall not kill". Real compassion is to help both the baby and the mother, to help the mother have informed decision by offering different options; adoption of the baby, sacrifice your body for the life of the tiny person in the womb, and "not to conform yourselves to this age" of pleasure, greed and selfishness. Rather "be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is pleasing and perfect."
May our Lady of Joy, the Mother of God, intercede for us to know the will of God and do it.
In Christ and Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty
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