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Questions & Answers What is discernment, and how do Vincentians understand it?
Discernment is a process whereby the individual man, sensing a call to priesthood or brotherhood, takes concrete steps to see if he is being called by God to serve the Church as a Vincentian priest or brother. It begins informally, as the inquirer is invited to visit our community houses and see our ministries. He is also given literature about the life and spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul and encouraged to read and discuss it with the Vocation Director. rolex replica watches

 

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When does discernment become a more formalized process?
After inquiring for several months, a man is invited to make a discernment Louis Vuitton outlet uk retreat. He also agrees to enter into spiritual direction with a Vincentian on a regular basis, as well as to intensify his prayer life by reading scripture and attending Eucharist on a daily basis. He also grows in awareness of the charism of St. Vincent de Paul and how Vincentians today live it out.

 

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Can formal discernment include a possible residency with Vincentians?
In some provinces, there are opportunities for men to live in a discernment house with like-minded men, guided by a Vincentian priest in residence. A discerner applies and is interviewed by the Vocation Director and the Vincentian priest living in the discernment house. Usually this residency lasts one to two years.

 

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What are the key elements of Discernment?

Imitation of Jesus
· What would Jesus do in this situation?
· How does this decision help me to serve others?
· Does this decision promote my own self-interest?

Openness/ Readiness
· Am I willing to look at all the choices before me?
· Am I willing to name and let go of fears?
· Am I willing to set aside my preconceived ideas?
· Am I willing to trust God…to accept a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

Significant Events
· How is God speaking to Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags me through events / people?
· What do those I trust: family / friends / advisors think?
· After pondering the event in prayer: what is God trying to tell you through this event?

The decision
· Is the decision reasonably clear?
· Is the decision rooted in peace?
· Is the decision just?

 

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