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Discernment

Free to Risk Failure

We cannot choose correctly all the time. That plain fact inhibits many of us from making as many choices, and bold choices, as we...

Playing Jazz with God

The art of discernment can be compared to playing jazz, which is an adventurous form of music. In jazz, the musicians play a standard...

The Voice of Fear and Agere Contra

Recently, I’ve reached a new stage of discernment: the time right after the decision has been made but no action has been taken yet....

Making Big Decisions

In the Exercises, Ignatius describes a mode of discernment for making bigger decisions, traditionally called the election (SE 169–89). Making an election relies on...

Reframing Our Vision

In ancient Rome, Janus was the two-faced god of beginnings and endings, but also of transitions and passages. It is therefore no surprise that...

Yellow Arrows and Discernment

Several years ago, I was blessed with a chance to walk part of the Camino de Santiago. Each day, we awoke early, put on...

The Grace We Need

No matter how pure our motives and how flawless our discernment process, we depend on God's grace ultimately to help us make not only...

How God Gets Our Attention

Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ, responds to the question, “How does God get our attention?” He explains these points in the video: Attention involves the whole...

Job and Desolation

Job, we are told, was a righteous man, graced by God with all manner of blessing. But when Satan struck a wager with God...

Follow the Joy

From time to time, we feel the need to understand better what our gifts are. I think this is particularly true at certain stages...

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