Some people claim they can talk to God. Can I talk to God?
The Word of God formula in itself, in the proper sense, indicates the action or creative force that nourishes history, “that arcane force which is present in the course of things and in the events of human life” (Vatican Council II, Nostra Aetate, n.2). For those who believe in God, in fact, his action supports the cosmic process, his creative Word continuously feeds human history.
But God’s action and his word are always and exclusively expressed through created structures, that is, through the thought, the sensitivity, the feeling of the creatures involved. So towards God we can only perceive internal messages filtered through our brain structures or we can interpret events as an expression of that arcane force that feeds cosmic processes and governs the events of human history.
A privileged way to listen to the Word of God is to read Sacred Scripture. It is called the word of God only in an analogical sense, not really, because it collects the oral traditions of men who recounted in human words and according to cultural models of their time events lived in faith in God and then drawn up by divine inspiration.
In any case, to grasp the divine action (the word) in us or in history, it is necessary to refine our inner sensitivity, cultivate silence, practice prayer and read the signs of the times.
Cultivating silence means learning to manage our thoughts and moods in order to always be aware of what we are experiencing and not passively undergo everything that the brain mechanisms instinctively impose on us.
Practicing prayer means remaining in the wavelength of God’s action in us so as to develop thoughts, feelings, desires corresponding to good and justice, that is, to the divine will.
Reading the signs of the times means grasping the action of God in relation to the coming of his Kingdom expressed in history through his witnesses. In this perspective, the signs of the times are often marginal, scarcely visible, not appreciated and often ridiculed because they are not in tune with current trends. In the theological sense, the formula “signs of the times” indicates those newness of life which, in the whirlwind of history, God’s action is able to arouse, where it finds faithful people ready to welcome it. They are signs of the Good that opens up its paths in history through the saints, of the Truth that seeks new formulations, of Justice that attempts projects of fraternity: signs of the Kingdom to come, reasons for the messianic hope.