Our great spiritual
leaders like Abraham,
Sarah, and Mary show
us that our yes comes,
not because we know
but because we trust
that God knows.
is ongoing. Rather than receiving
the answer all at once, one senses
little steps. By responding to those
small movements the larger picture
Respond in TRUST
This brings us to the most danger-
ous aspect of discernment: trust.
It is not enough to believe in and
listen to God’s call within us. It may
seem obvious, but both faith and
listening can be dead-ended unless
we respond in trust. Total surrender
Some people stumble in discern-
ing their vocation because they want
to be completely sure before they act!
They want to have a map of how this
will be. The hardest part isn’t the
listening; the difficulty comes with
the leap of faith. In Hebrew scripture we find Abraham and Sarah as
pillars of this faith and action. They
hear the call of God and they trust.
The Book of Hebrews says that they
believed that the One who made
the promise ought to be trusted. We
read, “As a result of this faith, there
came forth from one man, who was
himself as good as dead, descen-
the journey I had to make. Ever so
slowly through this desiring, ques-
tioning, and sorting out, I came to
sense the yearnings that were most
deeply within my heart.
It helped me to know that even
after I made the first decision to
enter religious life, I would have
time to test that choice during the
initial stages of formation. This is
exactly what happened. Four of us
entered that day in late summer.
We began a deeper level of listening
to the movements of God within
our hearts. Not all of us stayed.
Discernment happens slowly; it
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