“To live according to the
spirit is to do what faith,
hope and love teaches
us, both in spiritual and
secular things.” 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Discernment Resources

Discerning A Call

Are you exploring the call to religious life? Canonical Novice S. Whitney Schieltz gives us a glimpse into the steps of formation through the eyes of our young Sisters.

Call to the Community

The following videos feature Sisters of Charity at various stages in religious life as they reflect on their call to the Community.

Recommended Resources:

Healthy Minds App [https://hminnovations.org/meditation-app]

May is Mental Health Awareness month! People of faith need support and care for their mental health, which is intimately intertwined with our spiritual well-being. In discernment, we want to make decisions when we are in a place of health. This app is a free tool to nurture your mental health, with both active and walking meditations of varying lengths as well as short lessons on brain science. Try it a few times a week to enrich your awareness, connection, insight, and purpose – all integral to discernment.

For more information on the discernment process, check out the following Web sites:

The following books also are recommended:

Kiechle, Stefan. The Art of Discernment: Making Good Decisions in your World of Choices. Ave Maria Press, 2005.
Au, Wilkie. By Way of the Heart. SJ, Paulist Press, 1989.
Barry, SJ, William. Paying attention to God: Discernment in Prayer. Ave Maria Press 1990.
Wolff, Pierre. Discernment: The Art of Choosing Sell. Triumph Books, 1993.
Bryant, RSC, Kathleen. Vocations Anonymous: A handbook for Adults Discerning Priesthood and Religious Life. The National Coalition for Church Vocations.

Scriptural Resources

Luke 11:1-13; John 1: 35-39; John 4:1-26; John 15:26-27;
1 Corinthians 1:4-9; I Corinthians 2:6-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

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