Marriage Discernment, Virtuous Friendships, and Tithing

Fr. Josh answers questions about discerning marriage, cultivating friendships that help us grow in virtue, and the Church’s teaching on tithing and being generous with our money. “Vocations are born from a relationship with Christ, and a relationship with Jesus is born from prayer.” Questions Discerning Marriage Hi Fr. Josh! I had the blessing of … Continued

5 Common Discernment Traps and How to Avoid Them

Fr. Mark-Mary and Fr. Gregory Pine reveal five discernment traps we can fall into, and how to avoid them. The five common vocational discernment traps we tend to fall into are catastrophism, angelism, sensationalism, objectivism, and vocationism (names courtesy of Fr. Gregory). How do we avoid them? By recognizing these things: The Lord loves your … Continued

Reflections on Priestly Discernment from a Married Man (and Former Seminarian)

On the topic of vocational discernment, I heard a priest once quip, “Everyone’s discerning, but no one’s deciding.” As a former seminarian who is now married, I know what he means. A lot of ink has been spilled over discernment—what it is exactly, how to discern, etc. There area lot of “cooks” in the discernment … Continued

Moving through the Clouds of Discernment

More than once, having paused from my daily tasks or stresses, I have glanced up at the heavens, searching for the reminder that there is something more than just what our earthly existence can provide. Often, during those times looking at the sky, I have watched the clouds, occasionally making out shapes arranged within them. … Continued

All About Discernment: Dating, Marriage, and Jackie and Bobby Angel

Fr. Josh is joined by Jackie and Bobby Angel to answer these three questions about discernment: What should I do when I’m single but feel called to marriage? What should I do when I’m discerning marriage but I’m not ready for kids? What should I do when the person I’m dating isn’t Catholic? Get 15% … Continued

Selfishness, Daily Mass, and Talking to Family About Religious Discernment

Fr. Josh answers questions about how to stop being selfish in relationships, whether it’s better to prioritize personal prayer or daily Mass, and how to tell family you’re thinking about entering seminary or religious life. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question … Continued

Data-Driven Discernment

We use data to drive many big life decisions: so why don’t we use data-driven discernment? Fr. Mike explains that the discernment journey isn’t always about having this epiphany moment where your life’s purpose immediately becomes clear to you. Figuring out what God’s will is for you sometimes requires a step-by-step process where you gather … Continued

The Key to Discernment

The key to discernment is realizing that it is a step-by-step process where you gather data, so you can come ever closer to the answer.

Game of Thrones, Fallen-Away Catholics, and Discernment

Fr. Josh answers questions about Game of Thrones, fallen-away Catholics, and discernment. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Shownotes Glory Story (3:01) Game of Thrones (7:36) Fr. Josh, is it immoral to watch Game of … Continued

4 Helpful Rules for Discernment

When we are discerning God’s will in our lives, we often get overwhelmed by the anxiety of making the right choice and don’t permit ourselves to consider what we actually want. In this episode, Fr. Mike Schmitz encourages us to weigh all the choices that are open to us, good for us, wise, and desired … Continued

4 Helpful Rules for Discernment

When we are discerning God’s will in our lives, we often get overwhelmed by the anxiety of making the right choice and don’t permit ourselves to consider what we actually want. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz encourages us to weigh all the choices that are open to us, good for us, wise, and desired … Continued

Discernment 101

It’s easy to talk about discernment – but what does it take to actually do it? Fr. Mike Schmitz talks about how discernment requires action, and how we can only discern one vocation at a time. Action doesn’t always mean a blind leap; often it just means taking things one step at a time. Clarity … Continued
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