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Holy Choices: Good Decision Making

Holy Choices: Good Decision Making

March 19, 2011

How we can discern our calling, and discover the vocation God has intended for us. How can discernment, a spiritual process using prayer and meditation help us determine God’s will for us in choosing the right vocation and career path? Special guest Paul Houlis, who is a seminarian/transitional deacon shares how he discovered his own vocation as a Catholic priest.

 

To be a servant and a leader may appear to contradict each other; but Jesus was both a servant and a leader. He showed humility and led by his example. He showed us the way to live, the way to lead and the way to love. He led by serving. Jesus was a true servant leader.

 

The reality of being human is that throughout our lives we fall to sin and it can make us feel unworthy. We remember through, that because of God’s love for us, because he gave us His only son, Jesus Christ, we have been redeemed. The fact is that none of us is worthy, but we are healed by God’s love and forgiveness.

 

Recovering from an addiction is overwhelming especially for teenagers. One thing is for sure that, as stated in the third of 12 steps of recovery; “You must make a decision to turn your will and your life over to the care of God as you understand Him.” How can a strong faith and relationship with God help those who suffer with addictions to find hope and get on the road to recovery.

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God. This does not refer to being poor financially, but being humble in spirit. We empty ourselves so that God can fill us up. When we do this we grow deeper in our relationship with Christ and closer to the kingdom of God.

 

God gave us the gift of free will and the authority to decide whether to use this will for good or for bad. Along with this freedom to choose, God gives us a helper, an advocate His Holy Spirit to guide us in our decision-making. So how can we open ourselves to God in our life to help us to make good decisions and Holy choices.

 

Sometimes satisfying our curiosity and seeking out an adventure can be as easy as opening a book. But most of the time, we need that first-hand experience in order feel a sense of thrill and accomplishment. For some of us, adventure can be simply trying something new or overcoming a fear. All of this is very good, and is part of how God created us to be. But like all things, it can go too far, and put us and others in harm’s way.

 

Sadness, although can sometimes be helped with professional help, it doesn’t always require it and is a normal reaction to the losses we experience. When we recognize sadness as a natural occurrence that comes to us all from time to time, we are better able to help ourselves and others through the challenge. Jesus experienced sadness throughout His life on earth. We can learn from His example, as well as look to Him for support during our sad times.