When God talks back, part two

Events in our lives: Michael, a father of four, says that his prayer life began to deepen in college. “I had been a very competitive runner, but an injury sidelined me,” he says. “I went to daily Mass and prayed over and over for God’s healing. Finally, I realized I didn’t need to pray for God’s healing—I needed to pray that God’s will be done.”

When Michael did this, he found that his injury did not get better; in fact he needed to quit the track team. Because of this, however, he had more time to volunteer in a grade school in the central city where his college was located. “I discovered that God was not calling me to be a serious runner—I was called to help these children. This was really the point I learned to pray for God’s will and then look for what it was, not what I wanted it to be.”

Through scripture: Sharon, a mother of three young adults, finds that reading scripture helps her understand God’s message to her. “So many times I have opened the Bible, just so afraid and confused about something that was going on with one of my kids,” she says. “And over and over, the message of the scriptures has been—Do not be afraid, I am with you. That seems to be God’s repeated refrain to me—and it makes sense that it would be, because I can be quite a worrier.”

Internal insights: People especially in touch with the Holy Spirit often are able to sense when an idea is generated by the Spirit. Sister Marilyn, who counsels foster children who have a history of abuse and neglect, says that some of what she chooses to say and do with the children is guided by the Holy Spirit. “I like to pray in the beginning of a session that the Holy Spirit will guide me. Doing this helps me to know that I am sharing the responsibility of healing this child with God.”

—by Annemarie Scobey from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2012 Best in Class award from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past three years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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