Would Yoda Have Made a Good Spiritual Director?

Where would Cinderella be without her fairy godmother? Frodo without Gandalf? The English students without John Keating in Dead Poets Society?  The Karate Kid without Mr. Miyagi? Or Luke Skywalker without Yoda? Great movie mentors, although often idealized, remind us how important mentors are in our own lives. Mentors are the people who have walked … Continue reading Would Yoda Have Made a Good Spiritual Director?

How Do I Find the Community I’m Called To?

(Here is the second in a three-part series of posts about discerning religious life. You can find the first post about discerning religious life here.) People discover their call to religious life in different ways. Every vocational journey is unique, as we are each unique, and God’s relationship with us is unrepeatable. Sometimes someone will realize that … Continue reading How Do I Find the Community I’m Called To?

When and How To Share Our Vocational Discernment with Family

We continue exploring how we can best share our vocational discernment with our family, continuing from our last post.  3) Our previous and current role in our family is part of our vocational discernment. Praying about our previous role in our family helps us to understand ourselves better. Praying about our current role in our family … Continue reading When and How To Share Our Vocational Discernment with Family

Vocational Discernment’s Big Question: What is the next step God is calling me to take?

Vocational discernment is like any other discernment, but it has a particular importance and urgency. In the next couple of posts, I want to highlight special considerations that might prove helpful to take into account for those discerning their vocations. Discerning the Next Best Step Vocational discernment is not about foreseeing the future or committing … Continue reading Vocational Discernment’s Big Question: What is the next step God is calling me to take?

Discernment: A Call within a Call

Many women saints—like Jane Frances de Chantal, Elizabeth of Hungary,  Rita of Cascia, and today’s saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton—were wives and mothers who, after the death of their husbands, entered religious life. They did so after a period of grieving, discernment, and taking care of their children.  Their midlife discernment of God’s call to enter … Continue reading Discernment: A Call within a Call