Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Discernment

The primary goal of those entrusted with the responsibly of admissions to our way of life is discovering the will of God. While we desire to promote vocations and grown in numbers, we avoid what is popularly called “recruitment.” Vocational works is ultimately the initiative of God and ordered to benefit the whole Church, not just a particular community or religious institution. It is our desire to assist serious and mature men in discovering that particular state in life where God is calling them to become holy and build up the Kingdom of God. These are the essential elements that characterize our way of life, and constitutes the “soil” which supports and nourishes our call to holiness; Catholic, Franciscan, Capuchin, Contemplative, Fraternal, Prophetic, and Apostolic.  

 

7 Steps of Discernment

  • Be quiet
  • Find a Spiritual Director
  • Read up on religious life and the priestly call
  • Write or call communities that interest you
  • Make a visit to communities you feel called to
  • Build a relationship with the communities you want to discern more seriously
  • Wait for the Lord to reveal His will

 

Guidance from Scripture :

 

Old Testament

  • Gen 12:1-4
  • Ex3:10-12, 4:1, 10-12
  • 1 Sam 3:1-10
  • Am 7:14-15
  • Is 6:8
  • Jer 1:4-8
  • Ez 3:1-4
  • 1 King 10

 

New Testament

  • Night in prayer
  • Temptations
  • The Twelve
  • Martha & Mary
  • Rich Young Man
  • Seek First
  • Requirements
  • What matters
  • The Cross
  • All Things
  • Few Chosen
  • Lk6:12-15
  • Lk 4:1-13
  • Mk 3:13-15
  • Lk 10:38-42
  • Lk 18:15-30
  • LK 12:22-31
  • Lk 9:57-62
  • Phil 1:9-10
  • Mt16:25-28
  • Rom 8:26-31
  • Mt 22:1-14

 

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