Please pray for Henry, a co-worker’s grandson, who is presently upstairs in the NICU. It is not yet clear what is wrong, but he recently had a blood transfusion and could use all the prayers he can get! Thank you!
God does speak to us. Only, most of the time, at least for me, we are too busy or too chatty or too self-absorbed to pay attention and really listen. So, he talked to me this morning as I was getting out of bed — before I had a chance to begin my ever-present internal monologue. 🙂
So, how does one know that it is God speaking?
Here are some tips for how to determine this, from a talk given by Fr. John recently on prayer (Catholicism for Cradle Catholics 10/08/08):
1. Is it consistent with Scripture?
2. Is it consistent with Church teaching?
3. Is it helping me grow in charity?
Well, it was not against Scripture, but it was more of a comment, really. It didn’t go against Church teaching, and I suppose the second half of the message, which was a question, can be found in both Scripture and Church teaching — at least as a thing that is good to do. Did it/does it help me grow in charity? Oh, yeah. 🙂 Not that He nudged me to do something that I wasn’t already doing, but He was pushing me to more fully embrace this positive behavior for the good of someone else.
I love God! 🙂