Category: Discernment

Should You Date While Discerning?

 by Bobby Angel No, probably not.   It’s one of the toughest struggles, especially for a young person seeking to do the will of God in their lives, to adequately discern a religious vocation while desiring to date.  I tried to walk that line in college and failed more than a few times, hurting several friends in the process.  …

Vocation is Your Gift

I think Jackie and I both have been struggling to find time to be creative.  Songwriting and crafting blogs all too easily take a backseat to binge sessions on Netflix, especially when we are tired after a day of chasing a toddler and keeping her fingers out of the electric sockets. I’ve been wanting to write more particularly about discernment and…

My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale by Jackie Angel Also titled, “How you can marry the man of your dreams and still want to punch him in the face sometimes” A few years ago, as a single woman, I sat across from a young engaged couple at a Theology of the Body retreat during lunchtime. Curious about their “love…

Vocation and the Journey: Interview with Radio Maria

If you hate how your voice sounds when you hear it on an answering machine or voicemail, welcome to my world. I did an interview with a friend who works at Radio Maria.  While I can’t stand hearing my recorded voice, the content may help anyone with questions on vocation or discernment.  Forgive my grogginess…I only had one cup of coffee…

Discernment III: Consolations & Desolations

Still agonizing over a life choice, dating situation, or career path?  You’re in good company.   In Part I and Part II, I wrote about the agony of discernment and the necessity for silence in the decision-making process. Now, onward to Part III: Understanding Consolations and Desolations.   One of the greatest tools in your discernment toolbox will be a…

Discernment II: Get Quiet

How can I know what God wants of me?  How does one discern well?  How do I listen for His call?   While I’m no priest or trained spiritual director, most of my twenties were spent discerning my vocation, reading lots of books, hyperventilating, going on retreats, and eventually entering the seminary after hyperventilating a little more. I’ve been through…

Discernment

  Discernment is a pain in the butt. Let’s get that out of the way first.   I remember first learning that the word “discern” comes from the Latin “to set apart,” or even “to wrestle” with a decision, and boy would I agree. It’s still one of my least favorite words. Of course, I write regarding discerning one’s vocation,…

What I Miss About Seminary

The province of Florida recently received thirteen men as newly ordained deacons–deacons in transition to the priesthood. The Mass was beautiful and the men quickly began blessing crosses, water, and chihuahuas with their newfound “deacon powers.” They were one class ahead of my own in the seminary, so I know these guys well. They welcomed me back with open arms…

Pop Music & Prayer

Recently Jackie and I saw the band Imagine Dragons for a sold-out arena concert.  These guys are #1 in alternative rock and Grammy winners for a definitive reason, and they put on an amazing live show.  I haven’t seen a lead vocalist leave everything on the stage like that since the likes of Bono and Chris Martin.  I sincerely hope…