from New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton

How am I to know the will of God?  Even where there is no other more explicit claim on my obedience, such as a legitimate command, the very nature of each situation usually bears written into itself some indication of God’s will.  For whatever is demanded by truth, by justice, by mercy, or by love must surely be taken to be willed by God.  To consent to God’s will is, then, to consent to be true, or to speak truth, or at least to seek it.  To obey God is to respond to God’s will expressed in the need of another person, or at least to respect the rights of others.