This week on “Give God Permission” we answer the question, “What About My Plan?” by considering four simple points. First, we must be radically detached from everything other than God’s plan. Second, God will give us the desire to embrace His plan even if at first it doesn’t appeal to us. Third, to discover God’s plan, we need to see how the gifts He has given us can best meet people’s needs. Fourth, we should seek first God’s kingdom, bearing in mind that His plan leads us to the deep joy that awaits us there and makes every sacrifice well worth it. Fr. Peter and Janis discuss different facets of that incredible joy, which can begin to penetrate our lives even now as we submit our own plans to the Lord and embrace His plan with radical detachment and trust. Janis shares an experience of detachment and trust that opened a whole new way of using her gifts in service of the unborn, including her hauntingly beautiful song, “Small Voices Cry Mercy.” Fr. Peter and Janis invite everyone to Give God Permission at a deeper level in the context of today’s teaching, particularly in response to the need of the “little ones.” John Paul II referred to the plight of the unborn as the social injustice in contemporary society that most cries out to the the Christian conscience. Join us next week as we consider, “Can God’s Plan Include Failure?”
Archive for September, 2012
This week on “Give God Permission” we respond to the question, “Will God’s Plan Make Me Happy?” We reflect on how choosing our own plan apart from God brings unnecessary suffering to ourselves and others, and ultimately makes us miserable. The good news is that it’s never too late to turn back to the Lord and embrace His awesome plan. Nancy, our invited guest, shares the story of how she discovered her beautiful vocation as wife and mother only after many unhappy years of running from the Lord and seeking her own plan. She describes her experience of God’s mercy after the trauma of abortion led her to become a sidewalk counselor at a local abortion facility. Nancy explains that the key to her conversion was a life-changing, personal encounter with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. She bears witness to the truth that cultivating an ongoing, intimate relationship with Him through prayer and the sacraments is of utmost importance. Join us next week as we respond to a question we might find rising up in our own hears: “What About My Plan?” And spread the word! Invite your friends to join “Give God Permission” through word of mouth and the social media!
In today’s show, Janis and Fr. Peter discuss in more detail the good news that God has a beautiful and unique plan for each person’s life. Discerning God’s plan is not only possible; it is an essential part of the Christian life. This discernment process is more than discovering and choosing one’s vocation. It is at the very heart of an ongoing, intimate personal relationship with Jesus. It’s about inviting Him into the many choices we face every day. And the more we enter into God’s plan for our lives, the more effective instruments we will be for the New Evangelization which the world so desperately needs at this critical juncture. Please join us next Sunday as we discuss the theme, “Will God’s Plan Make Me Happy”.
Janis Clarke and Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, introduce themselves and the new program, “Give God Permission.” Through their testimonies and reflections they unpack the meaning of the show’s title. They discuss discernment, responding to God’s will, and incorporating prayer into daily life. Janis sings Schubert’s Ave Maria and leads a decade of the Rosary, and Fr. Peter invites listeners to step out in faith and “Give God Permission” as this new adventure begins!