God speaks to us
I was at a Lenten retreat organized by the young adults group at my parish recently. And I went away with some new insights that I would like to share. And it is that God speaks to us. God speaks to us: through the scripture; through nature; through the liturgy of the word during mass; through the sacraments; through the traditions, magisterium and the teachings of the church; through our prayers and the thoughts and inspirations that come to us in our prayers; through our life experiences; and sometimes through others.
However, in order to listen to the voice of God, we must have faith. We need to believe that God is speaking to us. We must also learn to be silent to be able to listen to, and really hear God. We should practice inner silence and solitude (exterior silence). And of course we have to ask God, be patient, and be willing to listen to Him.
It is not uncommon that sometimes we may be confused as to whatever it is God truly speaking to us. After all, it may be our own thoughts, or even the evil spirits communicating with use. Keep this in mind - that there is a difference between desolation and consolation. Desolation is when thoughts stir up in us negative feelings, while consolation inspires a positive and good feeling. If a thought is leading you to discouragement (desolation), it is not coming from God. But when a thought comes from God, it always leads to consolation. God is ALWAYS light and NEVER darkness. When God speaks, we experience peace, comfort and joy. God’s voice is full of mercy and love and, fills us with happiness. The voice of God gives life. Two good reads that explain more about God talking to us are: The Way of Divine Love by Sr. Josefa Menedez and Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul, by Faustina Kowalska.
I pray that God may grant us the grace to be silent, to really listen to him, especially in this holy season of lent. And may we experience the joy that comes with listening to God.