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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:06 am 
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If I have to make a difficult decision between two non-sinful things, may I ask God to show me a sign of my choice?

Fr Wienandy asked God that he would write to Pope Francis if a foreign cleric commended his writing.

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:07 am 
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You may, but it should not be a regular occurrence.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:11 am 
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Can you explain, please?

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:18 am 
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Praying for signs should not be something you do often. I doubt Fr. Weinandy had done it more than a time or two before this, if at all.

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:20 am 
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Who was it that had this prayer: that if she was conforming to God's will, she prayed that he would keep her there; and if she wasn't, she prayed that he would put her there?

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:24 am 
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St. Joan of Arc, and it was a question of being in a state of grace.

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:32 am 
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Praying for signs should not be something you do often. I doubt Fr. Weinandy had done it more than a time or two before this, if at all.

I mean, can you give an argument in favour of praying for signs, at least rarely?

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:16 pm 
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Whenever I think about asking for a sign, or trying to interpret a particular event I think about this:

Brother Lawrence’s devotion… was not at all subject to visions or other extraordinary revelations. He was convinced that these, even when authentic, most often signified the weakness of a soul that seeks God’s gifts rather than God himself.

-The Ways of Brother Lawrence by M. L’Abbe Joseph de Beaufort, page 55, in The Practice of the Presence of God: The Complete Works of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection. Translated by Sister Mary David, S.S.N.D. (Paulist Press, New York, 1978)

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
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That is perhaps a little more negative than I would say myself, though (as noted) I am very cautious about it.

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
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I agree, but once I read it I could never unread it. It's been with me for 30 years.

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 Post subject: Re: If X happens, I'll do Y
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:44 am 
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that small book about Brother Lawrence may have been my first small impetus to the Catholic Church, given to me by my Baptist mother 30 yrs ago...DDD


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