Entering Phase Two: Listening and Discernment


‘To discern means first of all to listen to God, to pay attention to God’s active presence, and to obey God’s prompting, direction, leadings, and guidance.’
—Henri J. Nouwen, Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life, p. 5

Listening and Discernment 

The next step towards the Plenary Council is the listening and discernment phase, where the country is asked to delve deeper into what has been said during the earlier listening and dialogue phase. 
 
In this short video, Br Ian Cribb SJ, Sr Grace Roclawska CSFN and Fr Ormond Rush offer some general principles around the idea of Christian discernment: What is it? What are its origins? And how does discernment differ from decision-making?