PRAYER & DISCERNMENT
IFE OFFERS MANY OPPORTUNITIES to wait. According to statistics
we wait an average of 62 minutes every day, and throughout a lifetime a
person spends five years waiting in lines and six months waiting for traf-
fic lights. We wait for our name to be called at the dentist office, for an elevator to
arrive, for a computer program to download, for a line to move, for voting results,
for a soldier to return, and for time to pass. Often we find it physically and emo-
tionally uncomfortable. When we wait our inner landscape might connect with
our feelings of fear, self-doubt, and anxiety.
But waiting also excites our thoughts of eagerness and hope. We wait for
flowers to grow and bloom, for wounds to heal, for friends to call, for bread to
rise, for wine to age, for children to grow and mature. Waiting in the spiritual life
can be a sacred exercise of a willingness to “stay where we are and live the situa-
How to wait for clarity
about your vocation
Waiting is inevitable in the human condition. It can also be an
important part of discernment.
don’t seem to
know it,” writes
Monk Kidd, “yet
in some holy
place within us,
God lives and
moves and has
being. At this
inmost center of
our being, . . . is
the Presence in
BY SISTER JEAN HINDERER, C.S.A.
Sister Jean Hinderer, C.S.A. is
a Sister of St.
Agnes, Fond du
She is vocation
discernment director for her
and a spiritual
director. See her
blog at csavoca-tions.blogspot.
SIS TER JEAN HINDERER, C.S. A.