One way of understanding Fr David's post is to realise that there are almost no elders around who can give unfailing advice as to what to do in life. A spiritual father is likely to say, 'I am not a prophet'. More than one spiritual father has said that we cannot relieve ourselves of all responsibility for our decisions. A spiritual father may affirm a course of action you intend after prayer or he may point out potential problems. Also, we should consider whether we are wanting an answer which matches our hopes, but we must remember that the real answer may not be the easy route or the one we wanted. Where does this leave us? As Fr David says, in the last analysis, we have to trust in God. It is not given to most of us to know God's will for us. In particular, do not pray for God's will to be revealed to you and believe that the thought that then comes is from God.
How far is it reasonable to go in seeking forgiveness from someone?
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