OK, misleading title on several accounts but I needed a catchy title and nothing came to mind other than that one show on A&E
that horribly attempted and failed to show anything close to resembling fruitful discernment. I mean carrying a cross over a country side, can you say Hollywood?that had a great opening song by Jars of Clay. For those of you familiar with my long posts, you know the drill: Catchy introduction, followed by a large body of intimidating text. Definitely not for the casual tumblrite by any means. But for those graced with the Holy Spirit and his fruit of patience, enjoy =) Today’s topic: Discernment. Let me first state that if you’re looking for a catch all, solve all your problems, assurance beyond all doubt confirmation about whether you are called to the religious life/priesthood or marriage, you probably should look elsewhere. Come to think about it, you probably will never find a panacea for the pains of discernment in any single piece of writing really. (Though the book To Save a Thousand Souls by Brannen comes really close. For any young man even remotely considering the idea of priesthood, I HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND PICKING IT UP). Today brothers and sisters, I simply hope to highlight some promptings and notions God has allowed me to discover over my four and a half years in seminary. These aren’t notions I came up with on my own. Through the readings of the saints, listening to priests, reading scripture and other writings, God has allowed me to see discernment in a whole new light.