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Discernment of Spirits
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1. Introduction. God’s self-communication which is the source of Christian life in the Church through Christ, is also a revelation of himself: a movement, a call, and speech perceptible to men. To the outward hearing of the gospel corresponds in the hearer an inner perception of the hidden word of God (Mt 11:25). The divine glory radiates in the hearts of those who hear the good news of Christ (2 Cor 4:4–6). They enter into an experiential fellowship with God (1 Jn 2:3ff.). He “draws” his own, an…

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Karl Vladimir Truhlar, “Discernment of Spirits”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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