By Fr. Alexander Ezechukwu, OCD
Need a good resource to clarify your discernment?
How about a free ebook by Bishop Robert Barron?
Bishop Barron, known for his clear and frank YouTube discussions of faith and the current culture, has written a great book on discerning one’s vocation in life.
That's why I recommend his ebook, How to Discern God’s Will for Your Life. It covers all the basics of helping people find God’s calling - their vocation - in their lives, whether it’s marriage, the single life, or the consecrated vocation.
The ebook, which is free, covers such topics as:
- How to discern one's vocation or state in life
- How to overcome the fear of choosing the wrong path
- How to hear God’s calling in day-to-day situations
If you are practicing your faith and have a prayer life, then you know that following Jesus Christ is the ultimate goal in your life. But how is He calling you?
Bishop Barron, in the ebook, begins his discussion thus:
Many people, of all ages, wonder, “What does God want me to do with my life?” … Let’s start with the biggest discernment question: how do I discern my vocation, my state in life?
…Well it’s a huge question and there are so many ways to get at it. Think of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The whole point of the spiritual exercises is exactly that. How do you determine your status, your state, your vocation in life? Broadly speaking, what God wants for you is the path of greatest love. God is love. Love is the whole point of the spiritual life. Read someone like St. John of the Cross or Reginald Gerrigou-Lagrange or any of these great spiritual masters and they’ll say it all finally comes down to the cultivation of love. So what is love? Love is willing the good of the other. It’s not a sentiment or a feeling—don’t fuss with that so much. Sentiments and feelings have their role but don’t let them distract you.
Click here to get Bishop Barron’s free ebook.
I hope this book helps you on the journey of your discernment.
A Contemplative Calling – the Carmelite Friars
Concerning your vocational discernment, if you’re a single Catholic man age 18 to 35, have you thought about becoming a religious friar? Maybe God is calling you to a Carmelite vocation in our Anglo-Irish Province in the UK!
Contact me, Fr. Alex, Carmelite Encounter Director, at +44 (0)7477 673932, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Why not test your call to the Carmelite Friars of the Anglo-Irish Province?
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