discernment

Every vocation story is unique, and yet like all stories, they can teach, inspire, enlighten and resolve the questions we share with the storyteller. Wherever you may be on the path, our hope is that each of these stories below will provide you with inspiration for your journey. 

Prayer

Consecrated Life

The best way to know God’s will for your life is to develop a relationship with Him through daily conversation, also known as prayer. Develop a daily prayer habit. Be with God! How? Where can you find Him?

In His word—read the scriptures, try Lectio Divina.

In His sacraments—increase your attendance at Mass and go to confession

Spend time before His gaze—go to adoration.

Recognize how He speaks to your heart – try journaling and the Examen Prayer.

Feed your soul with spiritual food – spend some time in spiritual reading.

What to Look for in a Spiritual Guide:

A good accompanier is a person who is balanced, a listener, a person of faith and prayer, who has confronted his own weaknesses and frailties. Hence, he knows how to be accepting of the young people he accompanies, without moralizing and without false indulgence. When necessary he also knows how to offer a word of fraternal correction.”

accompaniment

Consecrated Life

Spiritual Direction is important in the life of every Catholic who is seeking holiness. It’s a rugged journey and having someone to guide you on the trail can help you stay on point and avoid dangerous pitfalls. It is particularly important for someone discerning a major life decision such as your vocation.

How to Find a Spiritual Guide:

Ask! Pray to God to help you find a spiritual guide and pray for your spiritual guide.

Seek! Start with who you know, your parish priest, an older lay person, a consecrated or religious man or woman. Ask around.

Knock! Approach your potential spiritual guide as a kind of interview. Learn about them, their experience and if you feel comfortable, start on a trial basis. One of the subjective qualities of a spiritual guide is that you feel you can trust them. After a few encounters, assess your experience. If it has been fruitful, thank God and commit to meet regularly.

Beware of faulty spirituality. Some spiritual directors turn to other teachings and practices that are not compatible with the Catholic faith. Reading “Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian Reflection on the ‘New Age’” can help you discern.

If you have more questions about discernment, vocations, accompaniment 
or would like help in finding a spiritual director, feel free to contact me.

Discernment

Consecrated Life

What is discernment?

“In a more general sense, discernment means the process by which important decisions are taken; in a second sense, more typical of the Christian tradition and more relevant for our purposes, it corresponds to the spiritual dynamic by which a person, a group or a community seek to recognize and to follow the will of God in their particular situation: ‘test everything; hold fast to what is good’.” (1 Thes. 5:21) Pope Francis adds: “A particular form of discernment involves the effort to discover our own vocation.”

vocation ministers for local communities

ConsecratedLife

A vocation minister can provide insightful, honest, and compassionate answers as you consider the consecrated life. They will help guide you on your journey of discernment, introduce you to the community you are interested in as well as facilitate visits to the community. Local or national Vocation Ministers for congregations who are active in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

testimonies