Discernment is a skill. As with any skill, the more we practice the better we get. This coming Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is a feast for discerners. Whether you are discerning your vocation in life, entering a religious community, wondering about accepting a new job offer, or contemplating a move across country — entering into a period of discernment will assist you in making the decision that’s right for you.

The Holy Spirit helps us to discern and gives us the courage and confidence to boldly take the next step. I came across this prayer to the Holy Spirit. Join me in praying it each day between now and Pentecost Sunday. Pray it for yourself, your family, community, Church, nation, world. Open yourself to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You won’t be disappointed!

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Come, Holy Spirit, come! Come as holy fire and burn in us, come as holy wind and cleanse us, come as holy light and lead us, come as holy truth and teach us, come as holy forgiveness and free us, come as holy love and enfold us, come as holy power and enable us, come as holy life and dwell in us, convict us, convert us, consecrate us, until we are wholly yours for your using, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.