Discerning the voice of God

“And after the fire, a light murmuring sound. And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. ” 1 Kings 19: 13

How can we discern the voice of God from the voice of the devil, the world, and our passions?

  1. God whispers in the silence of our heart. We need to find an atmosphere of peace and silence to be able to listen, preferably in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
  2. His voice is usually demanding on our human nature and fairly insistent.
  3. Any thought that allows us to perceive the needs of others and the desire to help, generally comes from God. He sees a need and asks us to help him respond.
  4. Any thought against the Ten Commandments cannot come from God.
  5. Even though it may be costly, following through on God’s inspiration usually brings a sense of inner peace.

About Father Michael Sliney, LC

Father Michael Sliney was ordained a priest in Rome on December 24, 1998. He studied mechanical engineering at Michigan State University for two years before entering the Legion. As a seminarian he earned a bachelors in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College in Rome. He works with youth groups in the Washington D.C. area.
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