Thoughts on Discernment…

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“But, as all who attempt to live the questions and follow the movements of the Spirit know, discernment is not a step-by-step program or a systematic pattern.  Rather, it is a regular discipline of listening to the still, small voice beneath the rush of the whirlwind, a prayerful practice of reading the subtle signs in daily life.”

                      From Discernment:  Reading the Signs of Daily Life,

                      a compilation of reflections taken from the writings and thoughts of Henri Nouwen.

What images and thoughts come to you, upon reading this, as we prepare for our upcoming Annual Meeting and our Listening Circles at Grace Church?

~Fr. Stuart


  1. Discernment as a “prayerful practice” reminds me that discernment, like faith, is a journey. I’m thankful to journey with my parish and reminded of the great theologian Dr. Seuss, “Oh! The places you’ll go!”

    1. “We have brains in our heads. We have feet in our shoes. We can steer ourselves any direction we choose.” 🙂
      (with apologies to Dr. Seuss for changing pronouns)

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