Veters & Neal: Discernment Workshop

On a Saturday this September 29 and again on October 13, Dr. Susie Veters and I will be leading a “Discernment Workshop” that offers a fresh perspective on discerning God’s will in everyday life, and introduces participants to the StrengthsFinder gift assessment. This is a unique approach precisely because it takes the “self-knowledge” dimension of […]

De-mystifying discernment, part III

This last post is a “scraps” post — a few leftover thoughts relevant to what I am hoping to say. Let me recommend one book here on vocation and discernment that is applicable to a wide spectrum of people: Personal Vocation by Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw. Okay, here we go: At the end of […]

Patiently seeking truth

To be patient means not to allow the serenity and discernment of one’s soul to be taken away. — Josef Pieper If you had asked me what patience was before I read Josef Pieper’s book on virtue, I would have said something like “the ability to endure hardships over a period of time in pursuit […]

Thank you, Bag of Donuts

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost I mentioned last weekend here that Jerry Christopher, bass player in the NOLA band Bag of Donuts, helped inspire confidence in (my daughter) Maria and Ashley by offering them their first opportunity to perform in a public venue. Watching the girls perform that night, […]

Loving God with a bowl of milk

Last Spring, a young man came to me asking me for insight into his vocational discernment. He said with great sincerity, “How can you love God well when you have a wife and children who distract you from giving yourself only to Him? You see, this is what tortures me, that I feel I have […]

Tempted by Good

[re-post from 2015] A few scattered thoughts today taken from old notes I have from a series on discernment I taught back in the 1990s. + + + + A Missionary of Charity Sister at the Gift of Peace home for the homeless and dying in Washington, D.C. once shared with me something she said Mother Teresa taught […]