Discerning a Religious Vocation
Theologian Frederick Buechner wrote, “Vocation is where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.” Discerning our vocation, or discerning God’s dream for us, first and foremost, involves prayer. Discernment helps us to separate out what may come from God and what may come from self-centered interests or cultural pressures.
Developing practices that teach our mind, body, and soul to be more attentive to God’s desires can help with everyday decisions as well as our major life decisions. Our decisions become discernment when we place them in the context of prayer; when we use the values of faith to inform and direct our life choices.
Discernment is that beautiful journey of discovering what God has dreamt for you for your life. This journey will be one of gathering information about the Sisters of the Precious Blood and prayerful reflection — alone and with others — about what vocation might mean.
Spiritual direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment. For suggestions about finding someone helpful in this process, contact us.
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Our vocations team prepares monthly reflections on the major feasts of the Sisters of the Precious Blood or a reflection on an aspect of the life of a Sister of the Precious Blood. We encourage you to use these reflections as you continue to discern a call to religious life.