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Discerning God’s Will Themes and Content

discerninggodswillConditions for Discernment

  • Images of God’s Will
  • Sources of understanding God’s Will
  • Holy Eucharist
  • Sacred Scripture: Basics of Prayer
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Review of Spiritual Experience
  • Dispositions: detachment, greater glory of God
  • Subjective considerations

First and Second Modes: the Heart

  • God reveals
  • Certainty beyond doubt
  • Responsiveness
  • Attraction of the heart
  • Movements of consolation/desolation

Third Mode: the Head

  • Time of Tranquility
  • Supernatural Prudence
  • Reasons for and against
  • Objectification
  • Advising a person like me
  • At the hour of my death
  • Standing before Christ as my Judge


  • What is Confirmation?
  • Concluding the process
  • Peace and joy
  • Q and A

Discernment of Spirits (Introduction)

  • What is discernment?
  • Difference between psychological and spiritual
  • Spiritual Consolation
  • What to do in consolation
  • Spiritual Desolation
  • What to do in desolation
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