Christus Vivit 295-296: Discernment And Freedom

Once we have mastered listening, discernment, and the watchfulness for a companion’s motivations, then we are ready for battle, as Pope Francis puts it:

295. In this way, discernment becomes a genuine means of spiritual combat, helping us to follow the Lord more faithfully.[cf Gaudete et Exsultate (19 March 2018), 169] The desire to know our personal vocation thus takes on a supreme intensity, a different quality and higher level, one that better respects the dignity of our person and our life. In the end, good discernment is a path of freedom that brings to full fruit what is unique in each person, something so personal that only God knows it. Others cannot fully understand or predict from the outside how it will develop.

Freedom is one fruit of good discernment. Free people will not lose their lives in a torrent of sacrifice without light or life. Once we have brought along another disciple, it is time for us to again imitate the Lord, and draw back, letting the burning heart take the fire.

296. When we listen to others in this way, at a certain moment we ourselves have to disappear in order to let the other person follow the path he or she has discovered. We have to vanish as the Lord did from the sight of his disciples in Emmaus, leaving them alone with burning hearts and an irresistible desire to set out immediately (cf. Lk 24:31-33). When they returned to the community, those disciples heard the good news that the Lord was indeed risen (cf. Lk 24:34).

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Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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