Discernment

September 21, 2010

I heard this definition of discernment last night, and I really it: 

“What is the will of God in me- here and now?” 
~From a Jesuit whose name I cannot remember right now!

Discernment is an on-going process where we ask the question of what is God’s will for me right now.  We then make a decision and act on the decision.  Then the process of discernment starts again.  Did we make the right decision?  Does it still make sense? 

While, at times, discernment can be tough, especially when deciding between two goods, it is a necessary component to our faith lives so we can be aware of God’s will for me in the day to day moment. 

How do I discern?
How do I take the time to hear God’s will for me right here and now?
What decisions do I need to put back into the ongoing cycle of discernment?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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