Discernment Challenge #1 of Six-Month Discernment Challenge

Here at the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, we find among those whom we meet that discerning a vocation often seems to be met with frustration and a sense of "I'll never find out." I want you to know this does not need to be so. In her new book, Discerning Religious Life, published by Vianney Vocations, Sister Clare Mathiass presents a step-by-step guide in helping people spend focused, quality time in discerning. Why not take up her Six-Month Discernment Challenge? That way you can move from discernment to decision.


Here are Sr. Clare's six steps:

  1. Make a Commitment
  2. Develop Your Prayer Life
  3. Spiritual Accompaniment
  4. Don't Date and Discern
  5. Pick a Few Communities and Start Visiting
  6. Look for Confirmation and Take a Leap of Faith 
Below is the first step. (For all six articles, see the links at page bottom.)

Make a Commitment

"The first step is making a commitment to the six-month discernment challenge. This is not to be taken for granted. It is important that the idea of setting aside time to intentionally discern is backed up by a commitment. Decide to do it and then tell one or two people of your decision so that they can hold you accountable. A spiritual director is a logical person to tell ....   

"You also may want to get a notebook and start a discernment journal. Many people benefit from keeping a journal during their discernment journey and beyond. Keeping a journal is important for many reasons. Firstly, it helps you to articulate what you are experiencing. This serves as a record of your spiritual experience and a great tool to prepare for meeting with a spiritual director. Also, as you record the ups and downs of your experiences, it helps you identify patterns ...."


Order and read Sr. Clare Matthiass' book, Discerning Religious Life.

Tap or click and review all of our discernment steps:

Discernment Step 1

Discernment Step 2

Discernment Step 3

Discernment Step 4

Discernment Step 5

Discernment Step 6


Have questions about how to get started in your discernment journey? Call Sr. Jeanette at 216-526-6435 or email her at sisterjeanette@hotmail.com.