GeE 174: The Logic Of Gift And Of The Cross

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One final note on discernment, The logic of gift and of the cross.

First, a note to those who complain God works too slowly:

174. An essential condition for progress in discernment is a growing understanding of God’s patience and his timetable, which are never our own. God does not pour down fire upon those who are unfaithful (cf. Luke 9:54), or allow the zealous to uproot the tares growing among the wheat (cf. Matthew 13:29).

Second, a reminder of God’s boundless ability to give gifts, and surprise us with extravagance:

Generosity too is demanded, for “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Let’s not forget this enterprise is not about how “I can get the most out of life,” We are engaged in a higher mission involving the entire human race, if not the universe:

Discernment is not about discovering what more we can get out of this life, but about recognizing how we can better accomplish the mission entrusted to us at our baptism.

A sainted doctor of the Church invites us to consider the cross:

This entails a readiness to make sacrifices, even to sacrificing everything. For happiness is a paradox. We experience it most when we accept the mysterious logic that is not of this world: “This is our logic”, says Saint Bonaventure, [Collationes in Hexaemeron, 1, 30] pointing to the cross. Once we enter into this dynamic, we will not let our consciences be numbed and we will open ourselves generously to discernment.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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