The word comes from the Latin "discernere" which means to separate, to sift apart. The word is often used to describe how a person comes to know their vocation. And really that is what you are doing. You are sifting through all those thoughts and feelings about your vocation and all the input you have received from outside to figure out what is from God.
There are so many voices, figuratively speaking, telling us what we should or should not do with our lives, but which one is God? If you want to recognize His voice, to discern it from all the others, you’re going to have to get to know Him. You get to know Him by spending time with Him in prayer, reading Scripture, through the Sacraments and through each other.
Go to confession regularly, like once a month or more frequently. Prepare yourself ahead of time and receive Christ in the Eucharist at least weekly. Participating in Mass daily is wonderful if you can do it.
-Pope St. Pius X
Spend time with the Lord. Go to Eucharistic Adoration if you can. And ASK HIM what He wants you to do.
-The Way, 83, St. Josemaria Escriva
You won’t have a good relationship with God if you’re not trying to live His commands. Live a good Catholic Christian life to the best of your ability.
-Related by St. Jerome
-St. Clare of Assisi
Read and meditate on the Scriptures, spiritual classics, the lives of the saints…
The Christian journey is not meant to be traveled alone. Talk to your confessor, spiritual director, a vocation director, a priest or religious, a person who is friend of God.
-St. Francis de Sales
Above all remember that the Good Lord loves you and wants you to be happy. He made you and knows what will make you happy better than you do. He loves your loved ones more than you do and wants their happiness as well. He is all powerful and all-knowing and so His plans for you are not only for your good but also for the good of everyone else. SO TRUST HIM!
-Pope Benedict XVI
-St. Ignatius Loyola
-St. Catherine of Siena
Are you thinking about becoming a Sister or a Nun? Would you like to know more, discuss your discernment or arrange to come for a visit?
Contact our Vocation Director: Sister Rose Therese, O.S.F.phone: (309) 655-2645mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis House of Formation 740 NE Glen Oak Avenue Peoria, IL 61603-3100Email
Are you trying to reach one of our Sisters or find out about an event at our motherhouse, like our annual bazaar?
Call or write: phone: (309) 699-7215mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis Motherhouse 1175 St. Francis Lane East Peoria, IL 61611-1299
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