By Fr. Ray Diesbourg, MSC
Following God’s Will, Part 2
Along with our vocation in life, we come to know God’s will for us through prayer that asks God directly for guidance in knowing his will. Even repeating the words of Jesus “not my will, but yours be done” can be helpful. We also have to accept that our prayer may not always provide a clear answer for us; we may not know exactly what God’s will is at the end of prayer. But our prayer always will help us get closer to God and move us in the right direction.
Other means of knowing God’s will are participation in the Sacraments of the Church, the reading of Scripture, and learning the teachings of the Church. As the oldest surviving institution in the world, the Church has centuries of experience that can help us discern God’s will for us.
Finally, the guidance of trusted companions helps us know God’s will. Here we ask for feedback from those who know us best. We might turn to a parent, a spouse, a sibling, a close friend, a counselor, a teacher or anyone whose wisdom we trust. They can often be the best guides to let us know if we are on the right path in making important decisions and following God’s will.