Your greatest hopes and desires are the best starting point for discernment. Here’s advice on how to prayerfully consider your wildest dreams and where they will lead you.
Prayer is a grace from God, but there are actions and attitudes that help our prayer life grow stronger and deeper.
If the seriousness of contemplating your future is weighing you down, consider these satirical suggestions.
A trip to Jordan’s biblical wilderness provides the backdrop for a reflection on how you can find your way by wandering.
I realized that while I was trying to earn drops of acceptance by serving others, in the silence of my heart I found that God was ready to offer me an entire sea of acceptance.
There are many forms of Christian commitment and Catholic life, including opportunities—whether single or married—to be involved in particular spiritualities or ministries.
The sea, with its changing conditions of turbulence and calm, is a parable of life that can teach us how to steer a path to joy.
Take five minutes out of your busy day for a week to deepen your prayer life and develop greater understanding of vocation.
Sister Christa Parra, I.B.V.M. discovered her vocation during prayer. Now prayer keeps her grounded in her life as a sister.
Insightful quotes and reflections on consecrated life for use in parish bulletins or on the parish website for every week of the Year of Consecrated Life and beyond.
God rarely makes booming announcements about what you should do with your life. Quite the opposite, it takes a lot of quiet to hear God inside you.
Please include a petitionary prayer in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life at every liturgy, and sing our specially commissioned song, Wake the World With Dawning Joy.
To discern your vocation means to sort through the movements of your heart and unfold the truth of who you most deeply are.
Praying with scripture can help you hear the voice of the Spirit stirring inside your heart and inviting you to break open the Bible and come to know God more personally.
Please make use of this prayer for vocations by Pope Francis in your homes, classrooms, youth ministry gatherings, and parish liturgies.
Jesuit Ignatian tradition sees God as actively and personally involved in each of our lives. . . . God is engaged in a lifelong dialog with us. Our role in the dialog is to pay attention, listen, and try to respond.
Each day as I grow in my awareness of the community in which I live, I see health problems, relationship problems, and addictions. These problems, by the grace of God, I bring to the eucharistic table.
If God is content that an individual is trying his or her best (for the moment) to fulfill God’s hopes, that person qualifies as a saint.
During my 35 years as a vocation counselor, I've discovered nine steps to help people find what they want--and what God wants for them.
From Abraham to Peter, Andrew, James, and John to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and extending to you, scripture reveals that nothing is so life-changing as the call we hear that originates in God.
Take a short quiz to find out your spirituality type.
Everyone is a unique creation of God, and the way to sanctity is to be your unique self.
Throughout the ages, people have struggled to understand God’s call to them. Four basic steps of discernment—becoming aware, gathering information, making a decision, and looking for confirmation of your choice—can help.
For four months during 2001 I lived at Emmaus House--a Toledo, Ohio "house of discernment" run by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
In exploring a call to religious life, certain attitudes are crucial for success: openness, trust, expectation, and inner freedom.
Prayer helps us to know and love God more. Through prayer we become more and more the kind of person we really want to be: a person of love, integrity, compassion, forgiveness, and joy.
A Benedictine monk whose abbey hosted members of the public in a British reality television program talks about the place of silence in everyday life.
Members of secular institutes work in the heart of the world while dedicating themselves to God and taking vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.
Art is a pathway to the divine.
Considering what God wants us to do with our lives might seem like compounding the dilemma, but instead, I found, it helps to clarify them.
In the midst of great difficulties, the church more than ever needs a new generation of priests, sisters, and brothers.
Do your parents have doubts about your vocation? Here are some ways to listen and talk to them about their concerns.
Waiting is inevitable in the human condition. It can also be an important part of discernment.
Take this quiz to test your ability to live a life of celibacy.
It’s as simple as ask, trust, stop, listen, and respond.
For members of religious communities called to active service in the world, their prayer informs their ministry and their ministry informs their prayer.
The variety of religious communities can be bewildering when you first begin to explore religious life, but with some good tools you can find the right vocation for you.
. . . and some answers you can give them.
Look for these signposts on the journey as you explore the possibility of religious life.
With Bible in hand situate yourself in the presence of the Eucharist, begin with a short prayer or scripture passage, and then listen. When good thoughts come to me, I trust that they are from God.
Out of a long and sometimes challenging journey to religious life come these ten suggestions for others still in discernment.
Discerning a vocation is about trusting in what God, who knows you best, wants to give you through your life.
What is spiritual direction, how do you do it, and what is supposed to come of it? A spiritual director sheds some light on those questions.
We try to crank up the thoughts and feelings we think we should be having when we pray. But prayer is “lifting mind and heart to God,” and that means lifting up, at any given moment, exactly what’s there.
Living with Jesus is a great adventure of love. When you admit Jesus into your heart, nothing is predictable, but everything becomes possible
The SSJ Volunteer Corps offers young women and men the opportunity to work alongside the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester in their vital urban ministries.
Are you trying to figure out God’s will for your life? You need look no further than scripture, the church, and your own personal history.
Vocation discernment retreats offer opportunities to experience the prayer life and work of a religious community and let you get a feel for this unique way of life.
You don’t have to know everything about how your vocation to religious life is going to turn out to take the first steps toward it.
Spiritual direction is a relatively new practice for many Catholics, and many times people are mystified by it. Put simply, spiritual direction is an ongoing process of nurturing your spiritual life.
My advice to anyone considering a discernment house is: “Take advantage of it.” Be as much a part of the community as you possibly can. You won’t regret it.
From formal to informal to spoken to silent, the Catholic faith offers a wealth of prayers and ways to pray.
No two religious communities are alike. An insider gives tips on what to look for and the questions to ask when exploring religious communities.
A guide to websites that bring prayer and spiritual development right to your computer.
For you who are considering religious life, trust in God and in your experience of falling in love with the good future that God holds before you.
A veteran vocation director reflects on the process of finding the life choice that will allow you to be most at home with yourself.
Thirty-three Ecuadorian nuns and a monk of Mepkin Abbey taught Cistercian Brother Dismas Warner that finding a God he cannot see involves trusting the visible, all-too-human community.
People don't necessarily settle into their lives in their 20s anymore. Sometimes it seems that life itself is filled with experimentation, change, and uncertainty.
Prayer traditions observed in a small “monastery town” can lead to new prayer horizons and practices as well as a newly energized prayer attitude.