What has God called you to do? How can you live out his plan for your life?

In this set of articles from our partner Catholic News Service, plus a video and a CatholicPhilly.com original podcast, we explore several aspects of discernment, the process through which one comes to know how best to respond to the Lord’s invitation to love and serve him.

Discernment is listening for God in the real world
Prayer and action go hand in hand when you are trying to understand God’s will for your life. Through reflection, Scripture and engagement with others, the Lord’s voice can be heard, and peace can be found when we respond to his call.

A prayer for discernment
Effie Caldarola offers a heartfelt petition for the soul who seeks to understand and fulfill God’s unique call for each believer. Honesty, courage and trust are crucial in tracing the path to a life of communion with the Lord and with others.

(Related: Listen to a podcast with Oblate Father Thomas Dailey of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on specific strategies for discerning a vocation in the digital age.)

(See a related video.)