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Discernment Series Part 4 - Who Does the World Need Me to Be?

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Often we can get stuck in thinking that vocational discernment is all about what I want and what I love. There is a lot pressure in thinking that my discernment is all on my shoulders and all about “me.”

Fr. Himes challenges us to view discernment in the light of self-gift. If discernment means continually discovering the ways to better give ourselves away, then a Christian sense of Agape (ἀγάπη) also calls us to listen to the needs of the people around us and respond. Others should have a say in what we do.

The 3rd and final video reflection from Fr. Michael Himes involves Star Wars – you won’t be disappointed.


Reflection: We are meant to share the joys and talents we have received from God. What are some of the needs I see in my community? How do my joys and talents serve those around me?

To what areas would my fellow teachers, friends, family, and mentors say I should devote my passions? To what areas do I feel called?

Whatever vocation we choose, it will always involve some sacrifice. What are the sacrifices in the vocational paths I am contemplating? Are these sacrifices I feel ready to make at this time?

“The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life for the ransom of many.” (Matthew 20:28)

Like this? Check out Part Five - Our Primary Vocation