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% off Jackie and Bobby’s new…

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 or comment in an upcoming…

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 data, so you can come…

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 Thrones? I have several Catholic…

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 by us. The last of…

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 by us. The last of…

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 follows action and simplicity.  

Do You Need a Spiritual Director?

The question of whether one needs a spiritual director is a popular one. Fr. Mark-Mary and Mother Clare explain what spiritual direction is, who needs it, and who is ready for it. Mother Clare never expected she would be a spiritual director, but she now fulfills that role for many who are seeking guidance. For someone who is newly getting…

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

I kept postponing the day I would make my final decision. Friday would arrive, and I would think, “Let’s wait one more week and see how the curve is looking.” Should I postpone it to December? Next May? One month later? One week? My fiancé, Cristian, was more levelheaded. For him it was simple. We committed to May 1. We get…

Striving vs. Abiding

In the spiritual life, it’s difficult to know whether striving to do God’s will or just abiding in him is better. But why can’t we do both? Fr. Mike tells the story of a perpetually active student athlete. His inability to disengage in doing things and just abide in God was a problem, and he knew it.  Fr. Mike advised…

The Right Way to Be Single

Yes, there is a unique joy that comes with being single if you do it the right way. Kim Zember talks about her relationship with God and how it has not only brought her joy in singlehood—but has also made her desire celibacy.  We’re not talking about a joy fueled by the hope and anticipation of finding the man or…
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