tips for those in discernment who
wrestle with the issues of our day.
1) Seek out good counsel. A
trained spiritual director is an excellent aide to anyone in vocation
discernment, and the questions
that arise around controversial
issues are good ones to bring to
the discussion. If you’re looking
at a particular religious community, talk to the vocation director
and see what she or he says about
the way members approach a
given topic and how or whether
these issues affect their ministry.
Your diocesan office for Christian
education and development may
be able to refer you to a trained
2) Read and listen widely. While
it is tempting to back up our
own ideas by strictly reading or
listening to sources that validate
ourselves, it also pays to get a
different perspective sometimes.
A good starting point might be to
learn from Catholics immediately
affected by a particular controversy. The discussion is forced
to stay real and not remain in a
strictly theoretical realm.
3) Follow the classic suggestions for vocation discernment.
VISION has published a great
many articles on discernment.
Go to vocationnetwork.org to
search our online index.
If you decide to enter a religious
community, you will have a lifetime
to grow in the faith. You will have
companions on that journey, and
your preparation for religious life
should provide you with the educa-
tion and formation to wrestle well
with controversies, and, even more
important, develop into a commit-
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Loving the Lord,
living his joy
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ted and compassionate follower of
VocationNetwork.org, “Why con-
sider a church vocation in times like