Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Originally posted over at the Cincinnati Seminarian Blog by yours truly.

Amy Wellborn's terrific Catholic Blog Open Book directs readers over to The Historical Christian page of Aimee Milburn.

She has a recent post on Discernment which contains quite a few insights into following God's will and path in your life.

I found her steps in discernment to particularly helpful:

* Develop a good, daily prayer life, converse with God daily, tell Him everything, ask Him questions, above all ask Him to show you what He wants from you.

* Cultivate willingness to do whatever He wants, and tell Him that you are willing. Offer Him your life, regularly.

* Listen to Him, listen to His leading in your life. Make sure you have daily quiet time so you can really hear. If you have a lot of unnecessary distractions in your life, such as having the TV on all the time or listening to music constantly, wean yourself of them to make time for God. Cultivate interior silence.

* Study your faith constantly, always getting to know it better, and really strive to live it. Study and meditate on scripture. Read classics of Catholic spirituality, and read the lives of great saints in history. Tan Books and Ignatius Press are both excellent sources for saints biographies and spiritual theology.

* Go to mass and confession regularly – mass at least once a week on Sunday, and confession at least once a month, more if needed, if you don’t already. The grace from confession is wonderful and you will grow very much from regular self-examination and confession, be more receptive to the grace of the Eucharist, and more attuned to God. I usually go a couple of times a month, and love it (and need it).

* Pray for God to lead you to a holy priest spiritual director. This can take time – years, even, depending on how many truly good and holy priests there are in your area. Also pray for a good confessor, as a good confessor can sometimes also give good direction in the absence of a spiritual director.


Rich Leonardi said...

Reading the lives of the saints is such a tremendous comfort and inspiration; everyone needs heroes.

Anonymous said...

I have a question about spiritual direction.

Are deacons typically trained in spiritual direction? We have a deacon at my parish who, I believe, is a fine homilist. He's spoken to my RCIA class and I've always been impressed.