body trying to tell you that you’ve
not made a good choice? Again, at
such moments, the guidance of a
spiritual director is imperative. A
lack of confirmation may be a call to
reconsider your choice. Such a time
of reconsideration may then lead
you to a different choice. Or it could
simply point out where you’ll need
extra support as you continue living
out your decision.
Lynn is a member of a large
family and has a grown son herself.
She recently told her family that she
is considering a call to religious life.
She says, “My son was surprised, but
over time he seems to be OK. My fa-
ther is a good old Irishman who just
couldn’t contain his pride. My moth-
er is not so happy about this at all.
She can’t see, as I do, that everything
I’d be doing as a sister would be by
choice and would make me happy;
that it wouldn’t be a sacrifice. Most
of my close friends don’t understand
it at all, but they are so supportive
and see it makes me happy. Most
of them have the same questions
that I’ve already asked. That’s great,
because it gives me a second chance
to talk about my own concerns.”
While discernment requires
that you spend time alone in prayer
and conversation with God, you
also need other people to help you
sort out the fruits of your prayer,
to help show you the way to follow
God’s call. As members of the body
of Christ, you need one another to
uncover your talents and abilities.
You need the other members of the
body to assist you on your journey
and, at times, to show you the way.
We are all members of a community,
a family of faith. Your discernment
in life, therefore, leads you naturally
into that community, not away from
it. God uses those around you to
lead you, to guide you, to spur you
Discernment takes a lot of energy.
Listening is not easy! Like Samuel,
you are likely to hear God’s call
several times before you realize who
is calling. But with the help of your
friends, your family, and your com-
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munity of faith, you can find where
God’s call is leading you. Your task
is to listen well and once you’ve
heard God’s voice, to follow it, as
did the disciples of John—following
Jesus who asks each of you, “What
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