I’m currently doing this novena to St. Alphonsus Liguori that the Redemptorists had on their webpage for the days leading up to St. Alphonsus’ feast day. Each day you read a quote from St. Alphonsus and say a prayer. Today the quote from St. Alphonsus was:
“It is true that God ought to be worshipped always with the greatest reverence; however, when He deigns to make you feel His presence and when He makes known His desire that you should speak to Him as to the friend who loves you better than any other friend, you should open your heart to Him with the greatest liberty and confidence.”
My question is: How do you know when God “makes known His desire that you should speak to Him as the friend who loves you better than any other friend”? I’ve thought of God as my friend for quite a long time, and there are books and prayers like the Prayer of St. Claude de la Colombiere and a prayer booklet I see at Adoration chapels that portray Jesus as your friend who wants to hear about your day and all your joys and sorrows. I have also seen a presentation by the Jesuits that basically said God doesn’t need us for anything but He wants us to be His friends.
Is there a way one specifically knows when God wants you to speak to Him as a friend? Do we just know in our heart?