Discernment Articles

What is a Priest?

What is a Priest?

It’s easy to forget the awesome office of the priest. We see him daily offering the Mass, hearing confessions, anointing, counseling, helping his people to overcome their difficulties and sins. How often do we stop to think about what the priest really is? One way to...

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The Shepherd’s Voice

The Shepherd’s Voice

Our Lord said that His sheep would know His voice; but when it comes to discerning your vocation, you’ve probably found that it’s not as simple as it sounds. How can you tell if what you're hearing is God's voice? If you keep in mind a few characteristics of God’s...

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Cultivate your vocation

Cultivate your vocation

From a perspective of faith, everyone shares some common fundamental questions: What is the true meaning for my existence? What is God's plan for my life? To what fruitfulness am I called? To discern one's vocation is to find the answers to these fundamental questions...

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Discernment advice from St. Ignatius

Discernment advice from St. Ignatius

I’ve always wanted to be a priest and heal souls! That’s why I’m discerning the priesthood. But lately, I’ve lost interest and think maybe God isn’t calling me any more. One of the most difficult parts of discerning your vocation is knowing when to accept a motivation...

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What St. Joseph can teach us about discernment

What St. Joseph can teach us about discernment

We know almost nothing about St. Joseph. Scripture tells us relatively little, and pious tradition should be taken with a grain of salt. But what we do know about his life can be a great help and consolation to one who is in the turmoil of discerning his vocation....

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Wait and See

Wait and See

“...if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to stop it.” (Acts 5:38-39) In the first chapter of John's Gospel, we read about Jesus inviting two of his disciples to "Come and...

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Discernment and Desire

Discernment and Desire

When Pope Francis was a young seminarian in his twenties, he had to think about celibacy very carefully. A few years ago, when he was a cardinal, he recalled in an interview: "I was dazzled by a girl I met at an uncle's wedding… I was surprised by her beauty, her...

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Priestly Courage

Priestly Courage

The extreme heroism of a few priests is well known. You've heard stories of priests who were martyred, or sacrificed their own lives for others, or endured great hardships for the sake of the Gospel. But every priest who is faithful to his duties exhibits courage,...

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How to Pray

How to Pray

In a previous article, we talked about what prayer is (and is not). This article focuses more specifically on how to pray. To begin, here are some important points to consider: Rely on God. We can’t develop a relationship with God by ourselves. We must rely on...

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Climbing the Mountain

Climbing the Mountain

Becoming a mountain-climber is not a one-time event. You don’t just “go climb a mountain” without ever having done it before. It takes knowledge, hours of practice, patience and perseverance. It’s hard work! But what compels a man to climb a mountain? If...

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