Signs are all around us … street signs, stop signs, and speed limit signs.
Open signs. Closed signs.
We look for signs, study them, and follow them. We rely on them to guide us … without giving them much thought.
But there are other, more subtle signs that we miss.
They are signs from God or His messengers.
God’s signs may provide direction for a decision we are facing.
Or a reminder of His love for us.
God may let us know about a family member who needs help.
Or even a vocation to pursue.
The three wise men saw God’s sign of the star and followed it to Bethlehem to the baby Jesus. No one else recognized that sign from God.
And in our busy and loud daily life we don’t see God’s signs.
I didn’t pay much attention to God’s signs until after my mother died. I was preoccupied with raising two small children and working full time. But nothing like the death of a loved one to get your attention.
Over the years I’ve felt the presence of my deceased parents and other relatives, in dreams and while awake.
Last year I asked the Lord for guidance and He has been answering. The creation of Genuflect is one result. And I value His inspiration as I create each week’s issue.
In honor of Sunday’s celebration of the Epiphany, this week’s Genuflect is all about signs from God … what they are, how to recognize them, and how they can help you in your life.
Once you slow down, open your heart to God’s messages, and pay closer attention, you’ll begin to hear the Lord speaking to you. And it’s a beautiful experience.
A quick overview of the Bible will affirm that God spoke to countless people through numerous signs: a burning bush (Exodus 3), a donkey (Numbers 22), a parted sea (Exodus 14), a whale (Jonah 2), and many angels (Luke 1). But does God still speak to humans through miraculous signs today? Do signs from God still happen or is that just something that happened during Bible times?
Do you ever wish that God would give you a sign from Heaven as a way of giving you some definitive guidance or direction in life? Do you look for signs from God and rely upon them? If God were to give us some clear sign in life revealing His will, we should take it as a gift and be grateful for it. But receiving a sign from God is different than seeking a sign from God.
God may speak to us softly during prayer, or scream from the rooftops trying to get us to notice Him. There are many ways God reaches out to us that we sometimes ignore or brush off completely. Is God calling out to you and trying to get your attention? Here are the eight signs He is.
Signs are tricky. True signs from heaven come to warn, deter, console, enlighten, encourage, confirm, instruct, direct us, or to signify God’s saving presence for the burgeoning of faith. The devil can give us counterfeit “signs,” for instance, to encourage us to sin, or to divert our attention away from a greater good. Sometimes we’re simply fooled by ourselves. Here’s how to recognize God’s signs.
While many dreams are simply the results of your brain processing information, others send messages straight to your soul. These spiritual dreams are gifts from God, through which he or his messengers (angels) communicate with you in thought-provoking ways. Here are 5 ways God or his angels may communicate with you in dreams.
What are the signs of a vocation to the priesthood? Every Catholic priest who discerned a vocation experienced some evidence in his life that this was the right path. But, what signs of a vocation should we look for? Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP, has a few suggestions.
The Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared to people on numerous occasions to deliver an important message. Here are 10 things you need to know about Marian apparitions.
When loved ones die, we comfort ourselves with the thought that they are in Heaven. But that is likely not the case, and in fact, we should pray for them to be released from purgatory to their eternal life with the Lord. So how do we know when they get to heaven?
Victoria Gisondi writes: I used to have a strange, very naive idea that I would be closely united with my father after his death. I know that we are united with the communion of saints, and that death no longer separates us (Romans 8:38-39). I believe we can pray to the saints, and even pray to and pray for our relatives who have gone before us. But I guess my interpretation of what that union would look like differed from reality.
We believe in the Holy Spirit. We believe in the apparitions of Mary. We believe in the angels and the saints. Why does the church not condone the use of a psychic to communicate with the spirits of our deceased loved ones? Here’s why.
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