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Prayer and Discernment

Sister Judy Zielinski, O.S.F. works with a crew filming murals in a church near Istanbul.

Call within a call: Your vocation and a career

🕔18. Jul 2014

Becoming a sister, brother, or priest doesn’t have to mean giving up your professional path. Not only that, a religious vocation can reshape your career in surprising ways.

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8 questions and answers to your prayers

🕔08. Jul 2020

The catechism distills centuries of wisdom about prayer. Find answers to basic prayer questions straight from this foundational guide to the faith.

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Ask God a question, you’ll get an answer

🕔08. Jul 2020

One question, “What do you want me to do?”, will lead you in unexpected—and dangerous places. Ask it every day!

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Listening to the movement of God’s spirit is part of the discernment process.

Discernment: Three things I pray

🕔15. Jul 2019

Understanding your call begins when you believe you are worthy, you listen to God speak through your life and in your prayer, and you trust enough to surrender.

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When the going gets tough

🕔15. Jul 2019

Hot-button issues can raise our blood pressure. Here are some insights on discerning your calling in the midst of controversy.

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Young man gazing out window

Listen closely

🕔15. Jul 2019

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.

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La pregunta más peligrosa

🕔17. Jul 2019

The article you requested does not exist in the current language. It is available in: Español

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Steps to discern your vocation

Four steps to vocation discernment

🕔11. Feb 2019

 

Follow these four time-honored steps as you discern where God is calling you.

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Praying in Catholic Church

How to prepare for consecrated life

🕔20. Mar 2019

Tips on practices and steps for you to take in preparation for living a vowed life.

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Pray all ways

A user’s guide on the ways to pray

🕔27. Jul 2011

From formal to informal to spoken to silent, the Catholic faith offers a wealth of prayers and ways to pray.

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Cast the net wide

VOCATION PRAYERS - Prayers for Vocations

🕔17. May 2018

Vocations begin with prayer. Please make use of our growing collection of prayers for vocations that have appeared in VISION in print or online.

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Holiness is for everybody

🕔11. Jul 2009

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.

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Let God’s Word open the door to your heart

🕔22. Jun 2008

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.

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What does it mean to say that God is calling me?

🕔22. Jun 2008

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.

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Be a saint in your own way

🕔18. Jul 2011

Everyone is a unique creation of God, and the way to sanctity is to be your unique self.

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Art: A way into prayer

🕔15. Jul 2014

Art is a pathway to the divine.

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Discernment: A spiritual gift with a surprising goal

🕔25. Jun 2018

Wise and holy choices move us closer to God and help us become our best selves.

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Pope Francis in a crowd

FOR BULLETIN EDITORS & DISCERNERS: Reflections on consecrated life

🕔14. Nov 2014

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.



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How to know where God is leading you

🕔22. Jun 2008

In exploring a call to religious life, certain attitudes are crucial for success: openness, trust, expectation, and inner freedom.

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Pope Francis Prayer for Vocations

PRAYER CARD: Pope Francis Prayer for Vocations

🕔31. Oct 2014

Please make use of this prayer for vocations by Pope Francis in your homes, classrooms, youth ministry gatherings, and parish liturgies.

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Nine ways to open up God's will for you

🕔22. Jun 2008

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.

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It all begins with a call

🕔22. Jun 2008

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.

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Petionary Prayers for Year of Consecrated Life

FOR LITURGISTS & PRAYER MINISTERS | petitionary prayers | song | vocation prayers

🕔30. Oct 2014

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.

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El Papa Francisco

La carta del Papa para ti

🕔28. Jun 2018

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Stop worrying about God’s will

🕔26. Jun 2018

A young discerner has advice for his peers on how to stay calm and understand who God is and isn’t.

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4 questions to answer God’s call

🕔26. Jun 2018

Throughout the ages, people have struggled to understand God’s call for them. Here are four steps to help you, beginning with increased awareness.

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Abbot Christopher V12

How to nurture inner silence

🕔11. Dec 2014

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.

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Young adults at a prayer group

5 ways to better prayer

🕔19. Jun 2017

Prayer is a grace from God, but there are actions and attitudes that help our prayer life grow stronger and deeper.

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12 steps to sisterhood (if you’re thinking too hard!)

🕔19. Jun 2017

If the seriousness of contemplating your future is weighing you down, consider these satirical suggestions.

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woman gazing at Mount Nebo

Desert discernment

🕔12. Jul 2016

A trip to Jordan’s biblical wilderness provides the backdrop for a reflection on how you can find your way by wandering.

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Una de las bendiciones de mi noviciado fue aprender a dejarme amar por Dios en primer lugar.

What I learned as a novice

🕔03. Aug 2016

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. 

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Sister Nathalie Becquart, Xav. at the helm.

Navigating the right course

🕔13. Jul 2016

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.

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young man praying in a field

Do-it-yourself discernment retreat

🕔14. Jul 2015

Take five minutes out of your busy day for a week to deepen your prayer life and develop greater understanding of vocation.

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Three women running a race

The paths of prayer

🕔14. Jul 2015

Sister Christa Parra, I.B.V.M. discovered her vocation during prayer. Now prayer keeps her grounded in her life as a sister.

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Celibacy quiz: Can you live a celibate life?

🕔22. Jun 2008

Take this quiz to test your ability to live a life of celibacy.

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Pray all ways—three ways to begin

🕔08. Jul 2008

Prayer traditions observed in a small “monastery town” can lead to new prayer horizons and practices as well as a newly energized prayer attitude.

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Why consider a church vocation in times like these?

🕔22. Jun 2008

In the midst of great difficulties, the church more than ever needs a new generation of priests, sisters, and brothers.

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Pray always

🕔18. Jul 2012

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.

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Our service is our prayer

🕔12. Jul 2013

For members of religious communities called to active service in the world, their prayer informs