Catholic Encyclopedia: Predestination … says thusly,
page 5 … middle of page:
[The third quality of predestination, its subjective uncertainty, is intimately connected with its objective immutability. We know not whether we are predestined or not. All we can say is: God alone knows. When the Reformers, confounded predestination with the absolute certainty of salvation, demanded of the Christian an unshaken faith in his own predestination if he wished to be saved, the Council of Trent opposed to this presumptuous belief the canon, saying …"If any one shall say that the regenerated and justified man is bound as a matter of faith to believe that he is surely of the number of the predestined, let him be ANATHEMA.]
The Council went on to say … ‘for apart from a special revelation, it cannot be known whom God has chosen’.
This Council was in 1545-63 … in response to M. Luther, etc. Clearly the Council was united …and out to take no prisoners.
They had Martin clearly in the crosshairs.
However, today the Church further explains the teaching thusly.
[The Church condemns only that BLASPHEMOUS presumption which BOASTS of a faithlike certainty in matters of predestination. To say that there exists PROBABLY SIGNS of predestination which EXCLUDE ALL EXCESSIVE ANXIETY is NOT AGAINST her teaching. The following are some of the criteria set down by the theologians: PURITY OF HEART, PLEASURE IN PRAYER, PATIENCE IN SUFFERING, FREQUENT RECEPTION OF THE SACRAMENTS, LOVE OF CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH, DEVOTION TO MOTHER OF GOD, etc]
And, further the Church doctrine acknowledges that to the extent one remains true to the above criteria … they can be free from ANXIETY over the matter and have PERSONAL assurance that they belong [are predestined] in Christ.
Now, my question for Catholics is this —
Are most enjoying an ANXIETY LITE Christian experience ... as Christ taught us, as John speaks of, and as Peter affirms in his letters ? And if so, did you obtain it via the Church's criteria above .... or should Catholics actively seek their own PRIVATE revelation ?