Grace to you!
When Padre Pio (St. Pio of Pietrelcina) was alive, many people traveled to Pietrelcina, Italy in long queues to meet with the Saint. His ability to discern hidden thoughts and have a clarity concerning complexities around people’s lives marveled many.
Among his gifts included what is called the “power of reading souls.” This isn’t to be confused with mind reading when, through some magical ploys and new age rituals, people claim mystic insights and knowledge into people’s minds.
For Saint Pio, the clarity from God penetrates the hearts and reaches far deeper into the meaning of life. St. Pio was not the only one with this kind of gift. Many Saints, such as Ignatius of Loyola, Catherine of Siena, Anthony of Padua (of Lisbon), Francis Xavier, Teresa of Calcutta, etc., had similar gifts. There are many holy men and women today, some of whom I know who, from time to time, manifest the same discerning gift.
You may wonder how this happens? First is that it is a gift. It’s one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. God gives it to whom He pleases, depending on the need and the disposition of the receiver.
It could manifest through purity of heart and spirit also. Events around us, and the deep thoughts of human hearts are not hidden from the Spirit of God. Sometimes, God reveals future things to his loved ones. In the prophesy of Amos, the prophet says that the Lord reveals what will happen to His prophet (Amos 3:7). The more spiritual we become, the clearer we see things and interpret reality in the light of the Spirit of God.
Those who are in the Spirit do things that please God. They tend to have unique clarity about life and the world. They easily see things in the light of divine plan because the Spirit of God leads them. Discernment is difficult for many. However, those in the Spirit tend to have easier ways of discerning things and events.
Consider someone from the Old Testament, Daniel. We read he had the power of interpreting dreams, as well as the gifts of wisdom and vision. We learn from the Book of Daniel chapter two, how he was the only one to tell King Nebuchadnezzar of the dream the king had at night, as well as interpret the dream to him. None of the astronomers, seers and magicians of Babylon could do so.
When the news came to Daniel about the king’s frustrations and decision to execute his seers because they couldn’t tell him his dream when he asked them to do so, he prayed to God who revealed the dream to him.
Daniel’s first words to the king before he revealed and interpreted the king’s dream were insightful: “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery which the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…” (Dn 2:27-28). God reveals hidden things and the future if He pleases.
Do you want a clearer insight into the events around you, or better discernment regarding the future? Closeness to God opens the spiritual eyes in ways more than you could ever know.
Praying for the gift of discernment. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Tuesday Week 34 A: Dn 2:31-45; Lk 21:5-11]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.