I hear a lot of talk from my kennel on the porch. The people I live with are Franciscan Sisters. I hear they are committed to listening to God's voice. These days, I hear them talking about listening even more seriously to God, digging in places where they might have missed a Word of direction, just like I do when I'm looking for a good bone. A prayer I hear them praying is one from St. Francis:
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart.
Give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge
so that I may carry out Your Holy and true command.
I wonder if I can learn more about those things Francis asks God for, especially "sense." Does he mean the ability to follow your nose, like I already do? What do people use to get to what's really important? Besides my nose, I also use this trick: I sit in front of the one I want something from and just look and look at them. They could try that with God.