What Does God Want? (Conformity)

In this episode, Dcn. Mike Welker and I dive into the first chapter of Fr. Mike Scanlan’s book, What Does God Want? In the book, he proposes five questions we need to consider when we are discerning God’s will. The first is perhaps the most obvious, but also the most important: Does it conform to God’s will? God would never have us do something contrary to what he revealed, would never have us do something evil in order for good to come out of it. We need to be careful here, because the devil is a liar! We can easily be fooled into thinking that the wrong thing is the right thing.

Fr. Mike closes the chapter (and we close the episode) with questions to reflect upon. Here they are:

  1. Does the proposed course of action conform to the relevant commandments of God?
  2. Does it conform to the relevant teachings of the Church?
  3. Does it affect the existing commitments that bear on the decision (work, family, etc.)?
  4. Do existing “calls” from God contradict the current proposal?
  5. Might the current proposal hinder a spirit of obedience and submission to God and His Church?

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