The main idea of being in seminary is that you are actively discerning. I say actively rather than passively because your life revolves around what you discern. This, I think, is true for many people; no matter the vocation. It’s not just for the seminarians and the religious in the world. Discernment is for our Teachers (talking to you Dad), Employers, Politicians, and even our siblings.
So what is it that you should be discerning? For me, discernment would be whatever keeps you moving toward positive and faithful life decisions in the eyes of God. Most discernment is hard, if it was easy everyone would be successful. So often times discernment happens over a major issue like a choice to take a new job, or to get married, or to whether or not they are answering God’s call. Often times, when faced with these choices we have what we would call a “gut feeling”, and we often feel that that feeling is what is right to do. However discernment makes you question that and rely on a power greater than yourself.
Not to say that your gut is wrong, but who is backing your gut up? Wouldn’t it be nice to have God’s will to back you up? Because if God is for you, who can be against you? I ran across an article on discernment and I will only share the main points of it for you. It’s titled the Nine Secrets to discovering your call.
- Use your mind
- Look at the options
- Does it conform to God’s law?
- Will it assist conversion of heart?
- Is it consistent with the way God has felt with me before?
- What, if anything, confirms the wisdom of the proposed action?
- Interpret Spiritual signs
- What does your heart say?
- Pray, pray, pray
These nine things are not hard, and you can easily remember at least 3 (probably the ones you need to work on.)Remember: Our life vocation is a treasure buried in a field, the grace is in the calling. Pursue it at whatever the cost. Because if you’re not happy, ain’t nobody happy. Let know what you guys think, I hope it works out.