How to Tell: My Will or God's?

How to Tell: My Will or God's?

Br. Christopher comment on God's Will: One question almost every Christian faces is- "When making my life decisions, how can I know that I am doing God’s Will and not my own?"  Good question!  This is certainly one of the fears that can cause us to hesitate, delay and get stuck in making a committed decision about our future path in life.  

The uncomfortable answer, of course, is that we can’t know!  When making a decision about the future we are forced to walk by faith, not by sight.  After doing our part (prayer, honest reflection, taking counsel, etc.) we must take a step in the dark, not knowing for certain how things will turn out.  Though frightening, this letting go of control and human certainty, letting go of relying on ourselves, is actually a great blessing.  We are made to depend on God, to surrender ourselves to being entirely supported by Him, entrusting ourselves and our future to His presence, care, providence and wisdom.  This is Truth: Our complete need and God’s complete care.  Our desire in our discernment decision may be to ‘get it right’, to make things work out; I feel God’s priority is that we allow Him to take us by the hand and walk the adventure of life’s journey with Him, as He guides us into eternal life.  

Finally, I would say that anyone who honestly asks the above question, who sincerely desires and seeks to please God and to do God’s Will in his life decision, has every reason to believe that his decision will, in fact, be pleasing to God.  

God bless you,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux




Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.


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Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.