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To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2017 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope’s Jesuit formation. “When […]

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Five Blockbusters that Are Secretly About Religious Discernment

When I first began discerning a call to religious life three years ago, I did as any reluctant servant might: I recklessly tore through the recesses of YouTube, watching anything and everything related to discernment. From high-quality promotional videos to nap-inducing question and answer sessions, I filled my hesitant brain with all the digital-spiritual guidance […]

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About discernment

No matter what it is — healings, apparitions, weeping statues, locutions, stigmata, even deliverance — mystical manifestations are subject to discernment and — usually — dispute. It’s why some shy away from them. But when we do, we risk losing out on manifest Grace. (We occasionally had these discussions with Mother Angelica, who believed strongly […]

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How does one ‘prepare’?

We see with all the wildfire and drought and extreme flooding that no matter where one lives, events can occur and literally “out of the blue” that cripple areas. What if the word “neighborhood” or “area” turned into “region”? There are certainly things that have happened in nature through the millennia that have caused effects […]

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In ‘Review’ of Life, Bad Events Disappear after Repentance

There is nothing of this earth worth a hurtful word. When we die, we will relive what we thought, said, and did. Take it from RaNalle Wallace, who nearly died in 1985 during the crash of a small plane in Utah. We are always careful with near-death accounts. There are often elements that we have […]

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Spiritual Combat and Your Weapons of Choice

The word of God teaches us that our life on earth is warfare and the Lord reminds us that if we have decided to follow the Lord we must be prepared for combat. The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the Gifts of the Holy Spirit within our souls and transforms us into “Soldiers of Christ” the […]

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You must have harmony inside before discerning a decison

Everyone talks about peace — “Do what gives you peace,” “Wait until you feel peace” — but what brings peace? We always hear about it: peace in the soul, in the seat of the heart. We all yearn for it. Jesus said, “My peace I give you.” It’s ours for the taking. But how do […]

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Sisyphus

A lot of time is spent quoting scripture. Verses lined up to prove some point or another, usually aimed at an opponent, real, or imagined. Then the other side, if real, could have their own set of verses, to prove that their point which is also based on scripture. Then of course both sides think […]

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How to Discern: a Guide by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

If we are truly going to discern by focusing on the Lord, whether it be what our vocation is in life or whether or not we should go on that weekend trip, there are some practical measures we can take so that His will in our lives remains clear. Our friend the great Italian 18th […]

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Free Choice: A God Given Right

Free choice is something clearly divine which shines forth in the soul like a jewel set in gold. From it the soul derives its power of judgment, and its option of choosing between good and evil, between life and death, in fact between light and darkness, and any other concepts which are perceived by the […]

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