Can you relate to feeling that inner joy and excitement when you are doing things that you love and when you are living in your “greater yes” to God? I participated in two life-giving events the past two weekends where I felt that gift of consolation from God affirming you are right where you are supposed to be.
First, it was a joy to gather with many friends and colleagues at the Go! Gulf Conference held in New Orleans on the weekend of January 12th-14th. It was our first time exhibiting for Ignatian Ministries, and we had ten people volunteer with us at our booth! It was a concrete sign of God affirming our path towards inviting more people to hold our mission of accompaniment. An added bonus was Chris getting to be at the booth on Friday and meet many people who he hears me talk about or who he knows via email. He even got to meet Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, SJ who has mentored me in writing and in ministry for years. God’s presence was evident everywhere!
Then this past weekend I led a retreat for members of the Marian Servants of the Eucharist before they made their commitment to their small christian community. Let me tell you, the Holy Spirit invited us into deep waters! The theme for the retreat was “Do Whatever He Tells You” based on Mary inviting Jesus forward at the Wedding of Cana. We looked at different moments of Mary’s life and Ignatius’ discernment wisdom. There was a moment on Saturday when they were in silence that I had this overwhelming sense of God letting me know- Becky, you are standing right where you are supposed to be standing today.
Making the decision to say yes to participate in these events comes from discerning how God is calling me to love and serve God and who God is calling me to accompany. Sometimes the decision is made quickly and at times I have to pray and discern a little longer to hear where God is calling me. I continue to thank God for all the people who cared enough to teach me how to pray and how to discern and hear God’s voice. This has helped me know, love and follow Jesus more, and it moves me to want to love and to serve God in all people and things. Every discernment any of us make is a response to the generous outpouring of love, of mercy, and of kindness from God.
I know that one of the things God is calling me to do right now is to teach others the tools of discernment so that you too can hear God’s voice and know how you are uniquely being called to love and to serve God.
Would you like to learn more about looking at the desires of your heart and using those desires to help you with the decisions you face in life or as you help others in your ministry? If so, join me this week as we begin Going Past the Shallows: The Fundamentals of Discernment. I am just as excited to lead this class as I was to gather at the retreats these past two weekends. I am already meeting and praying for the individuals enrolling in the class, and I cannot wait to meet everyone else! Remember, we never want cost to inhibit anyone from joining us. You can always email us for a coupon to be able to pay what you are able!
This Wednesday, we begin with Prayer: The Heart of Discernment. I just finalized my PowerPoint, and I cannot wait to share with you the 10 Ignatian Tools that provide the fundamental building blocks for any discernment we make. The resource workbook is packed with handouts and resources for you to use personally and for you to share with others!
I close by offering us one of my favorite discernment prayers by St. Claude la Colombiere, SJ:
Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you but, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can expect only from you. Accomplish your will within me—even in spite of me. Amen.
Know of my prayers for you!
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