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Katie van Schaijik

God’s will and ours: how they meet

Feb. 17, 2013, at 1:58pm

Further to the discussion with Fr. Landry and others below, about Christian discernment, let me offer the cases of two men I know. True stories.

The first was a student at FUS when I was there. Let's name him Sam. My friends and I used to call him "Sam the praying man," because he was always in the Eucharistic chapel. We thought for sure he would be a priest.

There was a lovely, pious young woman on campus, studying graduate theology. I'll call her Donna. One day, close to graduation, Donna went up to Sam and said, "This is going to sound really strange, but God told me in prayer that we're supposed to get married." Sam replied, "I have no doubt that you're right." And they got engaged

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Devra Torres

God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, But What If He Won’t Tell You What It Is?

Jul. 26, 2012, at 5:48pm

My parents met at Brooklyn College one day when they were both skipping class.

Once I was old enough to know what “skipping class” meant, yet young enough to be still firmly ensconced in literal-mindedness, this began to worry me.  I knew it wasn’t God’s will for people to skip class.  (My parents themselves had made that much clear.)  Therefore, I reasoned, my conception was a consequence of their stepping outside His will.  Therefore—I was never meant to be!  My very existence was, from God’s point of view, a mistake!

How to make sense of it all?

I think similar literal-mindedness lurks in the back of many minds—especially when we’re contemplating large, life-altering decisions.  We

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