The Will of God
to Discern It
The purpose of this document is to assist the Faithful in being able to
discern the Will of God for all of our
To be able to discern the Will of God so that we defer to It, is much
than it appears or simpler than we have been led to believe by those
who enjoy being idolized by "the masses".
As you read this document, keep in mind that miguel de Portugal has
lived in this mode for almost 16 years: Whether the action prompted by
to embark on a transAtlantic journey with not one cent to his name and
not being able to ask for it, or to travel to Constantinople, Ephesus,
etc. on three days notice, or leave town in three hours notice or take
a different way home to ensure his personal safety. That is - what you
will read here is "lived experience" as inspired by, and lived with,
God and not "book learned".
We have received a letter which has prompted this document. We will
reprint the letter below and use it as a starting point for the
development of the document.
Discerning the will of
God is something
that can be very difficult on mundane questions that may have important
implications but are not amenable to a clear moral judgment and where
obvious “signal” from the Lord is visible. On this note, St. Ignatius had his rules for the discernment
spirits, essentially suggesting that those spirits that suggest the
choice bring along peace, while those suggesting the wrong choice bring
anxiety, anger, or other emotions that have in common a “burning”
feeling (my paraphrase). Do you have any insight on this method
steering one's choices?
The key to easily discern the Will of God, even in very minor
is, first and foremost, to have a solid interactive relationship with
God. God is not "a fixture" - He is a concrete Eternally living
"entity" - for lack of the appropriate word to describe God. We were
created in His Image, therefore, it logically follows that if we want
to have a close and solid interactive relationship with God we should
try, as a first step, whatever we would try to achieve that same type
of relationship with another human being.
The advantage that the establishment of this relationship with God has
is that, in His case, as opposed as to establishing it with a human
being, He will greatly assist us in achieving it.
Another key - just as important - is to truly desire such
out of sheer Love for Him. Not for any material benefit; not for
Eternal life; not for the sake of Holiness - simply for Love for
Him and the consequential logically burning desire to serve
Him, to please Him, to console Him, to thank Him for everything,... to
be totally His. When you are His, all else will logically follow.
That is the meaning of: Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God (1), and his justice, and
all these things shall be added unto you. [Matthew 6:33]
Once the above foundations have been laid, there are a few signs to
look for and which will assist you in doing His Will in everything you
1. When we do the Will of God our actions will never - ever - be
immoral or illegal as judged by the accepted standards of our
our faith-formed conscience. The "code of ethics" that has been
used, and continues to be used, by organized religion - The End justify the Means - is
amongst the biggest snares perpetrated upon humanity by satan.
2. There are situations whereby Choice "A" or Choice "B" are both just
the same as far as the Will of God is concerned. Then you chose what
may be more personally pleasing to you in the total comfort of knowing
that either choice will be pleasing to God.
3. A confirming sign of fulfilling the Will of God is being prompted to
something, which fully meets the requirement No. 1, above, but that you
personally prefer doing. It may actually be the last thing you
would like to do.
A case in point: miguel de Portugal dislikes to move to the point
whereby he turned down the first promotion he received in the exercise
of his professional career because it entailed moving to another
city... even though it was an "all expense paid" transfer. Since his
"Yes" to God sixteen years ago he has practically lived out of a
suitcase and a few boxes stored in two continents. When he is asked by
a friend or acquaintance, whom he may run into after the latest move: "Where are you
now?", he answers: "Now, in
front of you; ten minutes from now, only
However, once it is clear that it is the Will of God, although "you'd
rather not do it" you would not avoid it under any circumstances.
It is like we have discussed elsewhere (2): When you physically
suffer because God needs that sacrifice, even though you may be in
terrible pain, somehow "it is OK" and you would not wish to be free of
it UNLESS God did not need you to suffer said pain any more. Please
note: This has nothing to do with the sadomasochistic practice of
using the cilice or self flagellation or any other similar behavior
completely alien to God (3).
4. Whenever you are fulfilling the Will of God - even if the
event (like moving, in the case of miguel) is not pleasing to
you, there is peace in your soul - a peace that can only come from God.
We suggest not to dwell so much on the issue of "discernment of
focusing on God and trying to discern the Will of His Spirit. We assure you - no
"spirit" will touch or confound you when you are in an intimate and
interactive relationship with God. God rules the Universe and even
satan must serve Him!
The popular version of the pursuit of the Will of
God reminds us of the situation faced by individuals who
are always trying to lose weight and try every imaginable diet without
much success, yet,
they do not do what would be most effective - Eat the right kind of
foods and eat less of it!
Therefore, if we want to be sure and live the Will of God: Establish and maintain
an interactive relationship with God. All else will be like
that seem to never work.
Just like a person who becomes blind develops all other senses
beyond the normal to compensate for the lack of the visual stimulus; or
just like a deaf person, likewise, develops the remaining senses; or
like an physically abused child develops an uncanny sensitivity to
determine what pleases his/her tormentor in an effort to appease
him/her, when anyone truly wishes to please God and do His Will, he/she
will develop a "sixth sense" through which the Will of God will be
easier to detect than for the average mortal who may have just a
passing acquaintance with God.
(1) What is the
Kingdom of God and who has its keys?
anecdote (A Witness) in The
Redemption of Mankind
Asceticism and its Abuse
(4) We are fully
aware of what we hear through 1 Corinthians 12:10 and
on May 19th, 2007 -
Mary Queen of Prophets
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