Sunday, November 10, 2013

Spirituality: Community Discernment

There are prerequisites for a valid communitarian discernment. On the part of the individual member of the community, a certain familiarity with the Ignatian rules for the discernment of spirits, derived from actual use; a determined resolution to find the will of God for the community, whatever it may cost; and, in general, the dispositions of mind and heart called for and cultivated in the First and Second Weeks of the Exercises.On the part of the community as such, a clear definition of the matter to be discerned, sufficient information regarding it, and "a capacity to convey to one another what each one really thinks and feels."