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You, Too, Can Discern the Will of God (Review of Fr. Mike Schmitz and Peter Kreeft)

A little over a year ago, I reviewed a book about discernment, decision-making, and the will of God by a non-Catholic Bible scholar and teacher, Gary Friesen. I haven’t run out of things to discern in the meantime, though, so this year, I decided to share some Catholic advice. In the spirit of teaching to all levels and encouraging the wise stewardship of one’s time, I offer you a video by Fr. Mike Schmitz and an article by Peter Kreeft. Your first point of discernment is whether to learn from both or just one!

"If your heart loves God, it is worth following. If it doesn't, then you're not interested in the problem of discernment of his will anyway." —Peter Kreeft

Since this is the 21st century and Internet attention spans are short, Fr. Mike Schmitz recorded a brief video to answer a question on many young minds (and some not-so-young ones). He is one of my favorite preachers, hands-down. Not all priests are good at giving homilies, and still fewer can also preach outside of Mass. He nails it. His main focus is campus ministry, but I never feel like he’s talking down to me. Yes, it is a vertical video, but in under 8 minutes, Fr. Mike manages to give 3 excellent guiding questions for discernment.

Watch the video and read the rest at Austin CNM.

Media Discernment and You

love and hate playing cards

photo by Patricia Lobo

I have a love/hate relationship with the media. I am Catholic and I am committed to my faith, but I work with many non-Catholics and with Catholics who are seeking direction. Being a good evangelist means I have to keep track of what’s going on outside the Catholic bubble, to follow the Bible’s advice to be in the world but not of it. Over the last year at Austin Catholic New Media, I have tried not just to declare whether something is too worldly, but to teach you all how to decide whether something is good for you (or your children) or not. As a summary of my first year, I’d like to lay out my strategies for you.

Read the rest at Austin Catholic New Media to hear my thoughts on Grey’s Anatomy and Fifty Shades of Grey.

My friends are Dominicans forever!

Two old college buddies of mine entered the Dominican Order (O.P.) during my last year of college. They became Br. Peter Martyr and Br. Leo. Br. Peter Martyr in particular was one of my biggest spiritual role models. He was part of the group that taught me how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. He co-founded the Missionaries of the Eucharist. I prayed my first ever 54-day rosary novena for Brs. Peter Martyr and Leo leading up to their entrance in the Dominicans. They were the first people I knew personally to enter religious life, and I was and am so happy for them.

Imagine my joy to get another email update from Br. Peter Martyr a few weeks ago with the news that he (and Br. Leo) made his solemn profession, making him a Dominican until death. He still has about a year and a half to go until he’s ordained a priest, but I’m so proud already! The photos are copyrighted, but they’re posted in this album over on Flickr. They’re in the middle of this photo, both wearing glasses; Br. Peter Martyr is on the left. I hope the grace of their influence keeps rubbing off on me!

P.S. This is my 900th post! Hooray! It took more than three months, but I’ve enjoyed the ride, and I hope you have, too.

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