Jake and Brett continue their conversation about discernment of spirits and discuss common false reasonings men struggle with including what it means to be a good, Catholic man.
- Doing self-reflection without tools or skill can feel like looking at a dim mirror: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Cor 13:12)
- Discernment of spirits isn’t as complicated as it might sound
- There is an important distinction to be made between spiritual and non-spiritual desolation – spiritual desolation relates to negative affect and the thoughts that are present in my relationship with God and while seeking to do His will
- Non-spiritual desolation can become a springboard into spiritual desolation
- Distinguishing spiritual and non-spiritual desolation is important because the rules of discernment don’t apply to non-spiritual desolation
- As men we are designed to engage; resignation is so unhealthy for us
- We could call the lack of engagement in men a communal work of the enemy
- The enemy is regularly lying to us, these are the false reasonings mentioned in the rules of discernment
- The false reasonings are usually believable and familiar and therefore they can be difficult to detect
- A major obstacle for engaging is fear
- Passive spirituality is different than receptive spirituality
- The enemy plants false reasonings subtly in our hearts and nurtures them over time so it’s not obvious for us to detect and engage/root out
- Intimacy isn’t a word or reality reserved just for women or sex
- There can be some strong reasonings, possibly false reasonings, about what a good Catholic man is.
- What struck you from this episode?
- What is the difference between spiritual and non-spiritual desolation? Why does this distinction matter?
- Where do you struggle to engage in life? Where do you struggle to engage in your spiritual life?
- What are some areas of life where you might be struggling with false reasonings?
- How is your relationship with God these days? Where do you struggle to engage in your relationship with God?
- How’s your image of God? What false reasonings might you have believed? Where might those have come from?
- What have you believed about God speaking to people? What have you believed about God’s way of speaking with you? Where could there be false reasonings?
- How would you define a good Catholic man? Are there any false reasonings there?