Monday, April 21, 2008

Discernment...a Benedictine Value

Sometimes, things converge in ways that mystify me. A few weeks ago, I was scheduled to teach the 11th grade. I had to cancel that class for an important doctor appointment. I taught that class today. Our topic, the Benedictine value of “discernment”, is a new lesson plan in the “Monastic Monday” curriculum. What I didn’t know and found out after my first period class is the theme for every chapel service this week. Yup. It’s “discernment.” Coincidence? I think not. GOD must want our young women to hear the same song in different voices. What I didn’t know is that this is “prom promise” week. Each student will write a letter to her big/little sister about making smart, healthy choices on prom night. GOD always knows what we don’t and works for our blessing.

I was home [the monastery] this weekend to welcome four new inquirers attending our “Monastic Discernment Weekend.” The Vocation TEAM was simply outstanding – really present to our guests. Our postulants and the two women in our Live-In Program spent much of the weekend with us adding their own unique perspective and gifts. All in all, it was one of the finest weekends we’ve ever done. This morning as I tried to explain the importance of discernment to my young friends, our weekend guests were in the back of my mind and in my heart. In this ministry women often ask me what they should be “doing” to discern God’s will. Praying with Scripture, staying close to the Church and her sacraments, seeking the advice of loved ones are important pieces of a successful discernment. The most important of all, though, is to ask for guidance. When we ask GOD for help, we get it. Our weekend guests and our junior class will be in my prayer this week. May they all know the will of God and have the strength and courage to do it.

Blessings and love to you all…
- Sister Vicki
PS - I hope to be "blogging"bfrom the Ridge over the next few days if I can get a good wireless signal in the mountains. :)