Discernment Basics • Meeting 6
Developing a Spiritual Plan of Life
Discernment Basics • Meeting 6
Developing a Spiritual Plan of Life

Springboard Questions

  • Do you have any hidden talents?
  • What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • Did you complete the Discernment Exercise on page 107? How did you feel about your results?

Video

Spiritual Plan of Life (10 minutes)

  • General reactions to the video.

Readings

Read aloud: Page 114-top of 116 in To Save a Thousand Souls

  1. General reactions to the reading.
  2. Describe a “Jesus Experience” you have had. How has it made a lasting impact in your life?
  3. God can work powerfully in your life at any time. Often, though, a “Jesus Experience” occurs when one has sought out the right circumstances. Are you regularly placing yourself in places of formation or deformation? How could you do better in this area?

Read aloud: Page 116-118, section “Developing a Spiritual Plan of Life” in To Save a Thousand Souls
General reactions to the reading.

  1. What are the most important “building blocks” of a spiritual plan of life?
  2. Have you ever tried to create a spiritual plan of life? How did it go? Mention some of your successes and failures.
  3. “Specificity increases accountability.” What does this mean? How can you be specific in your spiritual plan of life?
  4. “Specificity increases accountability.” What does this mean? How can you be specific in your spiritual plan of life?

Group Commendations

  • Part of the priesthood involves building up the body of Christ. Please choose someone in the group to recognize and commend for some good you see in them.
  • Any final words you’d like to say to the group?

Exercise

In the next week, take 10 minutes to prayerfully write down a spiritual plan of life. Make it specific and realistic—something that you truly intend to fulfill. Include at least one specific way you will continue to discern your vocation.

Closing Prayer and Intercessions

All kneel and pray together

O God, You are my loving Father; You have made me to know You, to love You, and to serve You, and thereby to fulfill my deepest longings.

I know that You are present in all things, and that every good path can lead me to You. But there is one path which You have planned especially for me – my vocation.

Send Your Holy Spirit to banish my fear, to enlighten my mind, and to strengthen my resolve to follow You no matter what the cost, no matter what the call.

Before You and my brothers here, I pledge to seek the help of others to grow in holiness.

Mary, Mother of God, pray for me, that I might know my vocation and have the courage to follow it.

Amen.

Getting Serious? Visit a Seminary

While not an “essential element” of the discernment group, one of the best things you can do if you’re seriously considering the priesthood is visit a seminary. If you want to go the extra mile, organize a trip to the nearest seminary. Often, the Vocation Office will help organize the trip and cover travel costs.