Pope Francis today reminded us that we need to be discerning about what passes in our own hearts. As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope said in his homily:
“Do not to trust every spirit, but test the spirits.” It is necessary, the Pope said, to know “the discernment of spirits,” to discern whether something helps us “remain in the Lord or takes us away from Him.” “Our heart,” he added, “always has desires, has cravings, has thoughts.” But “are these from the Lord or do some of these things take us away from the Lord?”
This is very much the idea behind Ignatius’ rules of discernment. A great read on how to go about discerning what is going on in our hearts is Discernment of Spirits by Timothy Gallagher which I wrote briefly about on my Good Books page.