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Six Principles of Discernment

January 30, 2018 10 Comments
Six Principles of Discernment

As a priest and pastor I am often called to spend time with people as they discern the voice and the will of God in their life. I have about twenty lay people for whom I provide spiritual direction. In addition, I am sometimes approached by people who are facing a critical time in their […]

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Pick Your Battles – As Seen in a Commercial

January 29, 2018 4 Comments
Pick Your Battles – As Seen in a Commercial

In life we have to decide which battles to fight and which to leave to others. We need to learn which battles are ours and which belong to others. Often we allow the urgent to leap ahead of the important on our priority list. We are forever pursuing the latest trendy battles rather than the […]

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Distinguishing Between Healthy and Unhealthy Guilt

September 7, 2017 0 Comments
Distinguishing Between Healthy and Unhealthy Guilt

One of the trickier terrains to navigate in the moral world is the experience of guilt, in its sense of sorrow for sin. On the one hand, we should experience an appropriate for sorrow, but on the other there are types of guilt that are self-destructive and inauthentic; these come either from our flesh or […]

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Six Principles of Discernment

June 6, 2012 23 Comments

As a priest and pastor I am often called to spend time with people discerning the voice and the will of God in their life. I have about twenty lay people in spiritual direction. There are also times in other people’s lives, where careful guidance is necessary, either due to a crisis, or simply to […]

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Not Everything is as it First Appears: On the Discipline of Discernment as an Antidote to the Deep Disappointments of Life

July 10, 2011 0 Comments

The video at the bottom of this page is a humorous and also stunning illustration that things in life are not always what they first appear to be. Life can have its little surprises that make us say, “Wow!” It can also have its shocking and deeply disappointing moments that rock us back on our […]

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