I picked up a little booklet for lent at a church I go to for mass on Friday nights. My old parish used to give these books away. I was surprised to see a question about these little books on a blog of a priest. He suggested there is only so much time in this world to read things, why not read something that you know is beneficial - and not this little book. Oh dear.
Well, I didn't know anything about the book. I made the assumption (always the wrong thing to do) that since it was given away at a Catholic church, it was in keeping with Catholicism. I should know better than that!
So, how do I know who to listen to? I pray, and I pray a lot. God has blessed me with what one of my friends described as a great "b.s. detector." That is good, but I still have used my own defective judgement from time to time, even though I have had a nagging thought that I was wrong, but it simply was more convenient to be wrong than right.
I am blessed to live in a society where I have the freedom to own a Holy Bible. I can reference the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I read great Catholic authors. And I make use of wonderful educational opportunities provided by my archdiocese, so that I will be armed with even more knowledge, and therefore discernment.
I have learned that Jesus isn't a sweet guy with blonde hair and blue eyes who doesn't demand anything of me. Reading actual scripture disabused me of many of my misconceptions about the God of the Old Testament, and Jesus of the New Testament. All I need to do is reflect on the Crucified Christ to know that this is not some sweet guy. This was bloody, painful, and brutal. But was transformed into the salvation of the world.
This is not the sweet life. In my experience, this is the difficult life. But it is the good life.
(sorry, this post is disjointed. I am in a hurry and not really awake yet.)
Have a beautiful day.