GeE 167: An Urgent Need

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Today, a discussion continues on an urgent need, the gift of discernment:

167. The gift of discernment has become all the more necessary today, since contemporary life offers immense possibilities for action and distraction, and the world presents all of them as valid and good. All of us, but especially the young, are immersed in a culture of zapping. We can navigate simultaneously on two or more screens and interact at the same time with two or three virtual scenarios. Without the wisdom of discernment, we can easily become prey to every passing trend.

There are many good guides in discernment. Among the best are Ignatian, but the Jesuits aren’t alone in providing for discernment. Important steps cannot be missed: silence, solitude, good spiritual direction, a reflective nature, the ability to be honest about one’s situation. Most of all, self-honesty, even when it pains.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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