|(Meeting in the plaza not recommended in January.)|
Part of the Christian life, and your reality as a college student, involves discernment: discernment of a state in life (called to marriage, called to a celibate life for God), and discernment in vocation. No one can discern for you. But there are helps available to help you listen for God's voice. We suggest engaging in one of these practices for one academic year.
1. Spiritual direction: "We define Christian spiritual direction as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship." (William A. Barry, SJ and William J. Connolly, SJ). Usually directors and directees meet once a month for conversation and prayer. There are a number of people trained and available for spiritual direction in the Winona area. Please contact Campus Ministry for names and suggestions on initiating this relationship.
2. Small groups. Discernment to the vocation of lay ministry is made easier--and more enjoyable--through community support. To that end, we're encouraging students to consider participating in a small group for one academic year. This is your chance to ask the questions with others about how the process is going (classes, paper, internships, volunteering, praying, discerning) in a confidential environment shared by friends. Those interested should contact Dr. WD for more information, and to start a group.