Fr. Dan Lackie’s second step of discernment is absolute madness. That’s right, madness.
Once we set aside time for prayer in our daily life, we must put aside every concern we have for looking like a fool. Lackie states, “Our faith conviction challenges us to make bold choices, a boldness that’s seen in some saints as holy madness.”
Our faith asks us to consider the Holy Spirit’s will before the world’s ideals and expectations. True discernment requires us to be open to being a holy fool.
When Christ called his disciples into formation and ministry, he approached them on an ordinary work day, calling them to leave everything behind and follow him. There were no guarantees, no financial assurance and absolutely no affirmation or approval from society. They were willing to be a fool for Christ.
There’s nothing sweet or light-hearted about the decision.
Choosing to be a holy fool comes with deep questioning and what sometimes feels like torment. I’ve wrestled with this many times, yet time and time again God has paved the way toward transformation and conviction in the pursuit of Christ’s will.
Having an openness to ongoing conversion is never received well by the world. Stepping out in boldness will often times be misunderstood by others, even our closest loved ones. It’s most challenging when those we love the most struggle to understand God’s will for us.
Despite this difficulty, we must put aside concerns about looking foolish.
When the Holy Spirit calls us forth toward his mission, we cannot allow ourselves to get distracted by how we look to others. Rather, trusting in God’s will, we can step forward embracing the uniqueness of our purpose – knowing that Christ calls us forth to walk on water, to bring his light into the darkness, and to proclaim freedom to the captives of our world.
Sometimes we might look like a fool or feel out of sink with the rest of the world, but rest assured that Christ was anything but what the world expected him to be. He broke every mold of society to be a radical lover to every heart stricken by fear.
Don’t be afraid of looking foolish. Believe in Christ’s mission for you, and you will walk on the water too.