Discerning God’s Call for Social Justice: Questions for Personal Reflection

  1. What is your deepest longing? What does your soul long for? What is your deepest discontent? What is shaking you up?
  2. Are you rooted, or are you stuck? How are you grounded?
  3. How is your heart closed? Are you receiving enough? What is needed in your life now?
  4. What brings you peace? What brings a free-flowing joy through your heart?
  5. What is God’s invitation to you right now? What is the right next, sacred step now?
  6. How are you taking a loving look at what is going on in your life right now?
  7. What comes up most often in your conversations?  Do an Examen. Look for patterns. What is your natural tendency?
  8. Where do you hesitate to go?  Where does your shadow come out?
  9. Where do you have a voice? What is the spiritual fruit in this moment? In this story?
  10. How do you connect to mystery?
  11. How is God inviting you to respond? What does a contemplative response look like?

(From Spiritual Directors International Webinar series: Social Justice & Spiritual Direction. Fall 2018.)

How can I clearly discern God’s will for me?

One of the most universal needs of the spiritual life is to clearly discern God’s will. Discover ancient wisdom that applies to complex issues in our day. Check out these three resources for excellent questions to aid your discernment process.

Eleven Steps for Making a Decision Following the Ignatian Discernment Method http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/making-good-decisions/an-approach-to-good-choices/an-ignatian-framework-for-making-a-decision

How does God guide us today? (Alpha Talk, Session 7)

  1. 1st way God guides us – Commanding Scripture
  2. 2nd way – His Compelling Spirit [He speaks to us as we read the bible and pray]
  3. 3rd way – Counsel of the Saints [advice from other Christians]
  4. 4th way – Common Sense [bible tells us the general will of God]
  5. 5th way – Circumstantial signs

Key Questions to unlocking the clarity you seek.

  1. What has God already put in your hand?
  2. Where has he positioned you?
  3. How has he gifted you? (Skills, personality, charisms, fruit of the Spirit, etc.)
  4. How might your past inform your future?
  5. How do you feel as others attempt to persuade you, one way or the other?

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