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PRAYER & DISCERNMENT
CHRISTIANS don’t just decide things; we discern them. That means figuring out how God is calling you in every situation. That means aying yes to divine invitation. But how do we discern God’s will
for us? That’s the tricky part.
There are a number of approaches to discernment in the Catholic
tradition. The one I know the best comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola,
founder of the Jesuits, who lived in Europe during the 16th century. His
insights are so rich and abundant that hundreds of books have been written about his life and work, but one insight in particular gets to the heart
Your greatest hopes and desires are the best starting
point for discernment. Here’s advice on how to prayerfully
consider your wildest dreams and where they will lead you.
Father Mark E.
Thibodeaux, S. J.
is the novice director for the
Jesuits of the
U.S. Central and
Southern Province and lives in
Louisiana. He is
the author of
Way to Discover
How I pray my dreams
BY FATHER MARK E. THIBODEAUX, S.J.
“SOLITAR Y” BY SPODZONE ON FLICKR (CC B Y-NC-ND 2.0)
your heart as
you ponder your
dreams is a way
to move forward
with a vocation