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Fr. Bob at pulpit during Easter Vigil


Those are the seven steps. They are not designed to command a word from God or to box him in. Rather, they are intended as a help to us as we try to hear what he is saying to us.

God's word can come to us in many ways - as we read Scripture, as we share with brothers and sisters, as we spend time in quiet prayer, as we pray together with a group, through coincidences or unexpected happenings, and many others - but, as we become practised in catching the Lord's direction, we will come to the point at which we, as often as not, will recognize an authentic word when we hear it. There will be a response in our spirits and a peace in our hearts that will be hard to mistake.

A final word of caution is needed here. We must not take ourselves too seriously. We have to know that it is alright with God if we get it wrong. We have to know that he can deal with our mistakes, that his plan is very flexible, that he can mend the honest damage we might do. Honest mistakes are part of the learning process. The Lord deals with us as we are: imperfect and fallible human beings. While we must take the Lord very seriously, we must not do the same with ourselves.

The wisdom of God is one of the basic assumptions upon which the spirituality of the Companions of the Cross is built. We relentlessly pursue the Lord's word. We make no major moves without it. We've made mistakes, but we have to admit it: we've got it right a few times, too.

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