Author(s)Vella, Arthur G.
Catholic Church -- Doctrines
Vatican Council (2nd : 1962-1965 : Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano)
God (Christianity) -- Will
Catholic Church. Pope (2013- : Francis). Amoris laetitia
Families -- Religious aspects
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AbstractThe expression “discerning God’s will” has been quite a household word in
spiritual and religious circles and, particularly so, since the Second Vatican
Council. This is not because the Council issued any particular document about
discernment. Its teaching, however, as deeply rooted in Revelation, Tradition and
Scripture found particularly strong inspiration in Pope John XXIII’s charismatic
call to the whole Church to “read the signs of the times.”2 The Council Fathers,
taking to heart these prophetic words of the Lord, worked hard to discern what
the Spirit of God was calling the Church to. The Vatican Council Constitutions
and Decrees, being the benchmark against which to judge the reform of Catholic
pastoral practice, are still urgently calling the Christian Community to shake off
much dust gathered over the years and to strenuously commit to live and witness
the vitality, freshness and joy of the Gospel.
Vella, A. G. (2017). Discerning God’s will. Melita Theologica, 67(2), 151-166.