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One of the methods of discernment is to listen to the deepest yearnings of your heart. For example, if you always keep going back to the same thing over and over again, there may be a reason to it. The idea is rooted well: Our heart’s deepest yearnings will bring us closer to God for our hearts are written with the desire to return to Him. There are some things to look out for with this method, as with any method- is what I feel called towards an actual calling or me being swept up in some emotional pull?
Also, we must examine those “deepest yearnings” to really discern what they mean. That is, does this yearning exist because we are called towards this particular vocation or rather does this seem to fulfill us simply because it is simply bringing us closer to God. This can be seen by many priests who enter the seminary because they believe that this is how they are to get closer to God without properly realizing that marriage, when properly formed, is also getting closer to God with and through another person. Some realize that they are truly called to the married vocation and leave the priesthood, with permission to marry.
Equally, our experience helps us to discern. Our soul’s desire to return to God is expressed through what we know through our human capacity. Someone who knows nothing of Christ and His Church- or even knows nothing of God himself- will still yearn for God but will have no idea of the priestly vocation. In a context more known to me, the marriage vocation is a further unknown to me as my own family life is a little off-key in that regard. For me to better discern my calling, I had to open myself to the real possibility of having kids and being a father- something I hadn’t truly done until this summer. Likewise, reading what I have read of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body helped me open my eyes to the marriage vocation as one of unification of the two images of God- in the male and in the female- as a unification of God himself, thus a way to become more like God and fulfilling our heart’s desire to return to Him.
Most of us must know something of the secular world in order for us to discern our place on earth that will best help us towards our heavenly home.
We mustn’t get caught up in this world during our discernment, a common trap. That is one of the nays for UT- it can become easy to forget the higher good with the fast-paced college culture surrounding us on a day-to-day basis. The experience of the culture can help us, and it should help us, but only if we keep the experience in context to our higher purpose.
In short, following our deepest yearnings seem simple enough but it’s a process that takes our constant self-examination and self-awareness.

By Brandon Kraft

My life is an open-source book.

2 replies on “deepest yearnings

Hey there4. I don’t really have to much to say, except that I really enjoyed reading your entry about discernment. I hope everything is going well for you and I was thinking we should go out for lunch one of these days. Its been a while since we’ve had the chance to talk. 🙂

Sorry to intrude on this board…it came up in a search…anyway, the question is: are you in touch with Kari? If so, could you pass on my e-mail address to her? (xmaineiac@hotmail.com) It’s actually her mother I’m trying to get in touch with…a friend from “way back” (I knew Kari as a baby…). Thanks.
Scott

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