Please pray for my discernment

Hi everyone. I attended a vocation retreat this weekend, and it was with a religious order that I am very fond of and very much want to be a part of. However, before I left, I asked God to speak to me through the Sister who is the Vocation Director and through prayer. I wanted very much to know His will. It was a weekend free of distractions as we were not permitted to use cell phones, email, computers, tv, etc. So I believed I would hear Him. Through all of my prayers in the chapel of the convent, I heard Him speak to my heart and tell me that He desires me to wait for a few years before entering, but I had an inclination that He will invite me back to this particular order. I loved my time there and it began a desire to live the apostolates that they do, and so I am looking for a way to work similar to them. The vocation director also mentioned that I would need to wait a few more years before I could consider entry because of my previous history with depression (10 years) and the fact that I’ve only been off medication for a year is not really enough time to gauge whether or not I could go without it for life. I tried to keep my heart entirely open and not take offense to what she was saying, and I realize there are many things I need to work on before becoming a religious Sister, especially in my personal life. I very much want to obey the will of God and so if He is asking me to wait, I will wait. Please pray for my discernment. Thank you and God bless. :smiley:

I’m praying for your discernment. You sound like you had a wonderful weekend!

I’m glad seemed to have gotten an answer to your prayers. I will pray for your continued discernment. :gopray:

I will pray for you!

Praying for you, I hope it all comes out in your favour :slight_smile:

Hail Mary,
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Thank you all for your prayers. As much as I hoped that I would be able to enter this year, I want to do God’s will and if He says I’m not ready, I have to trust that He knows better than I do. And it doesn’t mean that I am not called to be a Sister, and it doesn’t mean that I can’t continue to discern, it just means that I must exercise patience and rely totally on Him. I am currently making plans to go back to school later this spring and I am still on the move to find a job and/or volunteer work at a soup kitchen/food pantry. My mom encouraged me to keep my options open and not worry what I’ll be doing 5 years from now. Just focus on the present task. Good advice. :wink:

I have great sympathy for others discerning a vocation (I was once a seminarian). I’ll most certainly pray for you. Just curious; what order are you discerning?

I’m not really ready to reveal which order yet. I used to say in the past and I had some issues with that particular order (which I am no longer discerning with), so I would prefer to keep it private right now.

Thank you for your prayers. :slight_smile:

Continuing to pray for you as you discern your vocation …

Hail Mary,
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Praying hard for your discernment.

O Lord
I do not know what to ask you.
You alone know my real needs,
and you love me more
than I even know how to love.
Enable me to discern my true needs
which are hidden from me.
I ask for neither cross nor consolation;
I wait in patience for you.
My heart is open to you.
For your great mercy’s sake,
come to me and help me.
Put your mark on me and heal me,
cast me down and raise me up.
Silently I adore your holy will
and your inscrutable ways.
I offer myself in sacrifice to you
and put all my trust in you.
I desire only to do your will.
Teach me how to pray
and pray in me, yourself.

–Vasily Drosdov Philaret, c. 1780 - 1867

from the website cptryon.org/prayer/special/discern.html

Praying for your discernment.

Hail Mary,
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

O Lord
I do not know what to ask you.
You alone know my real needs,
and you love me more
than I even know how to love.
Enable me to discern my true needs
which are hidden from me.
I ask for neither cross nor consolation;
I wait in patience for you.
My heart is open to you.
For your great mercy’s sake,
come to me and help me.
Put your mark on me and heal me,
cast me down and raise me up.
Silently I adore your holy will
and your inscrutable ways.
I offer myself in sacrifice to you
and put all my trust in you.
I desire only to do your will.
Teach me how to pray
and pray in me, yourself.

–Vasily Drosdov Philaret, c. 1780 - 1867

from the website cptryon.org/prayer/special/discern.html

God has wonderful plans for you. Just have to wait 'til He’s ready to unfold.

I admire your trust, patience and perserverence in the Lord.

Continue to lift you in prayer.

Peace,
Kathleen

“I am simply content to find myself imperfect and in this I find my joy. Good deeds count as nothing, if done without love.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux

Your prayers mean so much. Since the retreat, I’ve decided to cool off in my discernment under the advice of the VD. I am returning to school this spring to finish my Associates degree and then transfer to the local university to work on a Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology. I’m also in the works to get a volunteer position at Catholic Charities and volunteer at my Parish Outreach (which helps run a soup kitchen each month). I’m remaining open to God’s will and waiting for His next direction. :slight_smile:

God bless you DaughterofMary6

PRAYER FOR GOD’S GUIDANCE
Father in Heaven, You made me Your child and called me to walk in the Light of Christ. Free me from darkness and keep me in the Light of Your Truth. The Light of Jesus has scattered the darkness of hatred and sin. Called to that Light, I ask for Your guidance. Form my life in Your Truth, my heart in Your Love. Through the Holy Eucharist, give me the power of Your Grace that I may walk in the Light of Jesus and serve Him faithfully.

A PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE
Lord Jesus, may everything I do begin with You,
continue with Your help,
and be done under Your guidance.
May my sharing in the Mass free me from my sins,
and make me worthy of Your healing.
May I grow in Your Love and Your service,
and become a pleasing offering to You;
and with You to Your Father.
May the mystery I celebrate help me
to reach eternal life with you.

PRAYER TO
SAINT THERESE DE LISIEUX
FOR GUIDANCE
Govern by all Thy Wisdom, O Lord,
so that my soul may always be serving Thee as Thou dost Will,
and not as I may choose.
Do not punish me, I beseech Thee,
by granting that which I wish
or ask if it offended Thy Love,
which would always live in me.
Let me die to myself,
so that I may love Thee.
Let me live to Thee,
Who art in Thyself,
the True Life.

Dear St. Therese,
guide me in your Little Way,
so that I may ascend to the heights and happiness of Heaven.

Dear DaughterofMary6 (former “CarmeliteGirl25”) you might be wondering how I know that you’re “CarmeliteGirl25”? Hope you don’t mind me revealing who “you” are but from reading a previous thread where you helped someone out. I’m glad to hear that your debt is paid off, you decided to further your education, listening to the advice of your vocational director, volunteering, and so forth.

Yes, God truly knows our plans better than us…Continued Prayers for you and your intentions my dear friend in Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and all the Saints.

O Lord
I do not know what to ask you.
You alone know my real needs,
and you love me more
than I even know how to love.
Enable me to discern my true needs
which are hidden from me.
I ask for neither cross nor consolation;
I wait in patience for you.
My heart is open to you.
For your great mercy’s sake,
come to me and help me.
Put your mark on me and heal me,
cast me down and raise me up.
Silently I adore your holy will
and your inscrutable ways.
I offer myself in sacrifice to you
and put all my trust in you.
I desire only to do your will.
Teach me how to pray
and pray in me, yourself.

–Vasily Drosdov Philaret, c. 1780 - 1867

from the website cptryon.org/prayer/special/discern.html


Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God 
Finds he lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

~St. Teresa of Avila~

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Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! 
And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation.

~ St. Claire of Assisi~

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen
:signofcross:

Thank you. :smiley:

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