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 Post subject: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:48 pm 
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This may have been addressed before, so feel free to point me to the appropriate thread if necessary.

I've realized, as a lifelong and well-catechized Catholic, that I have a very poor understanding of "God's will".

This is made clear to me in so many of the spiritual books I read that discuss the noble idea of accepting all things at all times as being the will of God. I.e. We should not wish to be anywhere other than where we are. We should not seek crosses but should accept them gratefully. We should trust that each day we are doing exactly as God plans for us by coping with every irritation and blessing that comes our way with a generous heart.

If this is the case, then what does it really mean to pray "for God's will to be done." Isn't it already being done provided one is not sinning? How do we know if it is His will that we are suffering with something or if it's happening unnecessarily?

I've also read that in discernment... there isn't necessarily a right answer. Say, one is contemplating a job switch or a move... and we get no clear indication which one "is God's will" so we choose something as best we can... that God will use this for His good too.

I guess I'm just trying to make sense of it... the term "God's will"... seems so nebulous. Yet, being in the prayer that Jesus taught us, I figure I need to beef up my understanding of it.

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 Post subject: Re: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:06 pm 
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We pray for "God's will be done" to align our will with His.

Prayer isn't about getting what we want, it's about aligning our wills with what God wants.

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 Post subject: Re: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:37 am 
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That's not exactly it. God wills some things on the condition that we ask for them (though He also moves us to make those requests).

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 Post subject: Re: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:52 am 
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
That's not exactly it. God wills some things on the condition that we ask for them (though He also moves us to make those requests).

So God is not "absolute", (some) of his "wills" are contingent. That is against the dogmas... :)


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 Post subject: Re: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:23 am 
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Wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:56 am 
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Wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:15 pm 
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Hee-Zen, please start a new topic in Apologetics. Debates of opposing views are not allowed in this forum.

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 Post subject: Re: God's Will for Dummies
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:53 am 
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
That's not exactly it. God wills some things on the condition that we ask for them (though He also moves us to make those requests).


Got it. Thanks Father.

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