Prayers & Reflections

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MarchFormation in Spiritual Discernment

That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.


Phil 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ..

May the good Lord grant his Church and all individuals and groups within it the gift of discernment.

Explanation critiqued from

Ignatian or Jesuit teaching , recognizing the importance of discerning (seeing) the will of God.
Pope Francis, is a son of St. Ignatius, who is  founder of the Society of Jesus in the early 16th century.

Points for Meditation

Do I pause to reflect, meditate and ask the Lord to guide me in the major and minor decisions of my day? In what ways has the Holy Spirit helped me to see or hear God’s will in these first months of 2018?

All vocations are best discerned carefully, in prayer, and in dialogue with a trusted spiritual advisor. +marriage, profession choice, religious life, or the clerical state, boards of trustees, civic groups, even a book club might discern God’s will in spiritual conversation when considering mission, identity, or major policy decisions.


Grant me, O Lord, your protection. Within your protection, strength. And within your strength, understanding. And within your understanding, knowledge. And within your knowledge, the power of justice. And within the power of justice, the love of all of Creation. Guide and protect my body, my mind, and my best judgment in all things. For you, O Lord, will never leave my side. In this I trust. Amen.

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