Discernment Workshop
                                                                 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
                                    "Give your servant a listening heart so as to be able to discern
                     between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?"
                                                                     - 1Kings 3:10

The workshop guides participants through a process of discernment. After a careful reflection on the present situation, one learns how to 'frame the discernment question'.

Is God calling me to ...............................................?


Then begins a period of praying with the question.

                 There are  4 pre-conditions for discernment:

                                1. Solitary prayer

                                2. Desire for the truth

                                3. Openess to outcome

                                4. Willingness to wait in patience


After praying with the question for awhile ... there is a sense of God's direction emerging and we gradually experience a consistent drawing towards a particular direction.

The YES answer to our discernment question manifests with the fruits of the Spirit- peace, courage, humility, strength, consolation.

The NO answer to our discernment question manifests with an experience of turmoil, agitation, desolation, disquiet, anxiety. These signs indicate that this decision/direction is not God's direction for you at this time.


There are 7 signs that indicate a particular direction is in fact coming from God:  

                              Consistent recurrence

Continuity and discontinuity

Confirmation by others

The Fruits of the Spirit


Continued Questioning

Perseverance in living one's spiritual Direction

                       Presenter:   Sr. Rosemary O'Toole

                       Fee:  $40.00  (includes discernment workbook)

RESOURCE: The Way of Spiritual Direction, chapter 8, by Francis Kelly Nemeck and Marie Theresa Coombs, Michael Glazier, 1985.