Discernment Defined

In a darkened room, we gradually “discern” what is there by using the little light we have. We see by means of light, which means that light is always around us. But how often do we actually notice the light and how it is working? Usually we need the help of an artist or photographer to help us see the light. When we're in the dark about the meaning and purpose of our lives, the spiritual practice of "discernment" can help focus our attention on the light: the presence and action of God in our lives, using practices of prayer, stories from our faith tradition, and guiding questions.

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