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Discernment According to Pope Francis #2

Voc week Blog with Francis 2

 

Growing up my concept of discerning life’s big questions was of standing at the movies with one free ticket.  One choice, all or nothing.  My heart and mind would race and expand with all the possibilities, yet also feel weighed down with consequences.  So it was quite a relief when I discovered that there was more to discernment than this.  It’s good and right for me to let the great and beautiful things ahead captivate me.  However, reaching them is not one decision but hundreds of decisions every day.  Choosing to have a conversation with someone I live with rather than dwindle time away on social media, choosing to forgive a friend and not hold a grudge, choosing to take a few moments throughout the day to pray, these seemingly little choices are the choices that forge my story.  My concern for the little things shapes my character, my love for what is good and beautiful and true, and consequently nurtures my capacity to see and hear clearly when it comes to those bigger decisions in life.  I come to know God’s will in the big things, because I have taken the time to listen to it in the small.

Kathryn Kingsley