Skip to content

Learning to Hear God's Voice

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen
7/7/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Through meditation, we can learn to listen.

One temptation for beginners at meditation is to constantly worry about if something is coming from God or from their own imagination. We are familiar with the extraordinary visions and locutions of the Bible, and we tend to think that God either speaks in an incredible way or he is completely silent. These misconceptions cannot be farther from the truth. God wishes to communicate his love and his wisdom to us each and every day. Learning to hear his voice is one of the keys to Christian discipleship.

The Lord speaks to us in the working of our interior dialogue and our experience.

The Lord speaks to us in the working of our interior dialogue and our experience.

Highlights

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/7/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: discernment, Holy Spirit, meditation, God, Jesus, faith


span style="line-height: 1.22;">Elizabeth City, NC - The Lord speaks to us in the working of our interior dialogue and our experience.

The Spirit moves and guides us through inspirations and other workings of our imagination.

Discovering what is from the Spirit and what is not, however, is not something that comes
automatically. Rather, it takes time and practice to develop. The layers of sin and the disorders sin causes prevent us from having this sensitivity to the Spirit's promptings. Being purified of these disorders is a long process of conversion and healing, a process that finds its strength from the sacrament of confession. 

Light a virtual candle, pray and meditate. 

Meditation is also important. As we grow in our practice of Christian meditation, we learn to listen to our interior dialogue and our experiences with curiosity and openness. As we grow in our commitment to Christian living and overcome our attachments to mortal and venial sin through regular confession, we notice patterns of grace and inspiration that begin to emerge.

Listen to God through Prayer and Meditation


These patterns help us to see where God has worked in the past, what he asks us to do in the present, and where he wants to lead us in the future. Discernment thus takes place within the context of meditation. As we give time to listen, we learn the the art by which we sort through our thoughts, feelings, and desires and learn how the Spirit is guiding and directing them.

One of the masters of discernment was St. Ignatius of Loyola. In the context of his Spiritual Exercises, he developed a series of rules that were intended to help Christians discern the working of the Spirit. His rules were designed to help believers to deal with the struggles of the Spiritual life and discover how the Spirit moves and guides us. In our contemporary times, Fr. Tim Gallagher (www.frtimothygallagher.org) has developed a great series of books and resources that teach about discernment. I highly recommend his work.

Deacon Ian VanHeusen is studying to be a Priest for the Diocese of Raleigh, NC. He blogs regularly about Christian Meditation on www.contemplatio.us.  

See our St. Christopher collection

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption.
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.


Comments


More Blog

12 Ways to Find Lenten Joy

Image of Lenten joy can be found in any of these 12 ways.

Happiness is often a matter of mind over matter - but true joy is a spiritual gift that comes solely through the grace of God. For many, ... continue reading


PART I: Telltale Signs of Untreated Childhood Trauma

Image of In my youth, and later into adulthood, I felt depressed, anxious, and 'less than.'

Clinical depression is so prevalent these days that well over 21 million Americans experience it every year. Most come to understand the ... continue reading


PART II: Telltale Signs of Childhood Trauma

Image of

The following is adapted from Adele M. Gill's new inspirational self-help book entitled, 'From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that ... continue reading


Anyone Can Change

Image of It is God's grace alone that makes any of us worthy in any way...

As we grow in the Christian faith, we need to understand and come to believe, that anyone can change for the better at any time. For many ... continue reading


A Different Kind of New Years's Exercise

Image of Image source: Abbey at Genesee

Those who visit my blog, know how blessed I have been over the years to spend time in retreat at the Abbey at the Genesee in Piffard, New ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.