ART OF DISCERNMENT
OME, see a man” who knows me, who knows
you! That is the good news the Samaritan
woman at the well runs to tell her neighbors.
The call to “come and see” is the first step toward
discipleship. Jesus is your guide every step of the way as
you discern the best path forward. Jesus is the one who
knows you—your strength and resolve and your fear and
doubt. He offers a personal invitation to you to follow in
God’s way. And your answer—your vocation—is particular and specific. No other disciple will be exactly like
you. No one else has the exact gifts that you bring.
You may choose religious life, consecrated life, a
diocesan vocation, marriage, or other lay commitments.
The type of vocation you decide upon is not nearly as
important as the quality of your vocation. Does it bring
you joy? Does it increase your capacity for love? Does it
draw you toward forgiveness and peace? Does it quench
your thirst, not just for today but for the long haul? =
Quench your thirst
BY PATRICE TUOHY
Elaine Penrice is
a Daughter of St.
Paul and religious
life promoter at
the National Office for Vocation,
Catholic Bishops Conference
of England and
Tuohy is publisher of VISION on behalf
of the National
Religious Vocation Conference and CEO of