Blog Posts for "Novitiate"

Novices Use Social Networking to Study St. Francis

I'm at our Capuchin novitiate in Santa Ynez, California teaching the life and writings of St. Francis. This novitiate serves Australia, Guam, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Canada and the USA. This is my final week teaching the novices who are making seminar presentations using the medieval primary sources to study Francis' life. It is one of the most pleasurable things I do because the novices are always very creative.For instance, this morning, Freddy Avila, originally from Jalisco, Mexico but now in formation for our Stigmata Province headquartered in New Jersey, and Jason Salisbury from my Midwest Province, made a...

Know Thy Self (Part 1)

Discernment can take on many forms, but during novitiate I have kept coming up against a common subject of discernment which has revealed itself to be a very difficult one to undertake. This, for me, has been the discernment of self. Through personal experiences, classes, spiritual reading and spiritual direction, this importance of self-discernment has continued to pop up over and over again. The discerning of one's self, in light of one's relationship with God, is a very common theme to be found among the works of many spiritual writers. Being a big fan of authors such as Thomas Merton,...

On Clarity of Discernment

When discerning my vocation, the one thing I wanted above all others was clarity. I wanted to know with certainty what God wanted me to do in life. The major vocation that I was trying to discern is the mutually exclusive one: religious life or married life. That both are good and, when properly lived, lead to God seems too obvious to mention - but to recognize that it is true is a necessary starting point for healthy discernment. Since married life seemed to be the norm, I took the step to assume this vocation for myself; I still dated...

My Vocation Story: "How Do You Know Religious Life Is Right For You?"

For those who are discerning on entering religious life there are always many things on one's mind. "Is it for me? How do I know this is the right way for me to live out my baptismal call? Am I ready to make such a huge sacrifice such as religious life? Will I succeed or will I fail? Am I good enough?" The list could literally go on forever. I can only answer these questions through my own discernment and how all these questions were answered for me in my own life. I hope that my own experiences are able...

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