One final note on discernment, The logic of gift and of the cross.
First, a note to those who complain God works too slowly:
174. An essential condition for progress in discernment is a growing understanding of God’s patience and his timetable, which are never our own. God does not pour down fire upon those who are unfaithful (cf. Luke 9:54), or allow the zealous to uproot the tares growing among the wheat (cf. Matthew 13:29).
Second, a reminder of God’s boundless ability to give gifts, and surprise us with extravagance:
Generosity too is demanded, for “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Let’s not forget this enterprise is not about how “I can get the most out of life,” We are engaged in a higher mission involving the entire human race, if not the universe:
Discernment is not about discovering what more we can get out of this life, but about recognizing how we can better accomplish the mission entrusted to us at our baptism.
A sainted doctor of the Church invites us to consider the cross:
This entails a readiness to make sacrifices, even to sacrificing everything. For happiness is a paradox. We experience it most when we accept the mysterious logic that is not of this world: “This is our logic”, says Saint Bonaventure, [Collationes in Hexaemeron, 1, 30] pointing to the cross. Once we enter into this dynamic, we will not let our consciences be numbed and we will open ourselves generously to discernment.