What is it called when God makes you aware of knowledge that you don’t ordinarily have?
One day during a time when I had what seemed like an unanswerable theological question, I opened my bible. Immediately I read a scripture that answered my question. I gave God great thanks.
As soon as I did this I had a great feeling of conviction, and had an experience of both great joy and incredible sorrow. The feelings were simultaneous. It was as if as soon as I felt joy, I realized I also felt sorrow, and vice versa. Overall it was beautiful experience.
I couldn’t help but cry. I was overwhelmed with the joy of God’s love, and the awareness that God loves us so deeply, but experienced great sorrow because I was also aware of how much we reject him despite how openly he invites us to his presence. He loves us so much, yet we reject him despite his persistence.
Then as I began to relax back into a normal state, I had an experience of direct knowledge of other minds. However it was as if I couldn’t hold this knowledge. It was like a a pendulum swinging above my head, as soon as it swung and synchronized with my mind it quickly left, and back and forth and back and forth, till I finally accepted it was too great for me to hold.
I was made aware of the minds of other people. Not that I had access to their minds, or their contents, but that I knew of their minds directly, as directly as I know of my mind.
I am a recent convert to Catholicism, so I want to get more knowledgeable Catholics’ thoughts.