IHM Online Discernment Retreat

Have you ever wondered, Where is God calling me? or How am I to know what God wants for me?

Within every person is a unique call from God. It’s not always easy to know exactly what that call is or what it means.

Are you called to married life, single life, religious life? Will it be in medicine or teaching or engineering, or the social sciences or the arts? The list could go on and on, and each of these is a call, a vocation. Within you, in your likes and dislikes, your strengths and limitations, your unique gifts of personality and skill is the secret of your call, your vocation.

The IHM Online Discernment retreat is an invitation to reflect on your life and how God is calling you. As you pray through this retreat, you’re embarking on a marvelous journey. At the same time that you are seeking God and God’s plan in your life, God is seeking you as well. The God who loved you into being continues to create you even now. As an old saying goes, “Be patient with me. God isn’t finished with me yet!” God is waiting. Are you ready?

Begin the discernment retreat.

3 thoughts on “IHM Online Discernment Retreat

  1. Please for me i having praying for gods guidance , clear view with Larey Evans and resolution to our relationship. My prayers still unanswered , because i know that god is working on something better for me. Please pray that god showed me his plan and his will. His the father of my four year old son Michael. I’m dispresl, confused and depress. I’m also taking a big and important exam on Friday morning to passed and graduated from college.
    Thank you

  2. I am thinking about being a nun. I always told myself when I was young if I didnt find a way in life or love that I would be a nun. I have never wanted to get married, and I never wanted to have children. I do remember saying if I couldn’t find who God wanted me to marry, I would be a nun. I am 28 years old now, and I am single and I havent dated in years. I am not sure if this would qualify as a calling? I have a college degree and I graduated, but now that I am finished with school I have $50,000 in student loan debt. I did some research and I cant have any debt prior to joining. I have a small income now paying my bills. If I continue to have this income can I join to be a nun, or do I have to wait to pay off all my debts, it might take 6 years to pay my debts. Anyone with any advice can contact me at veronicdametz@ymail.com

    • Good question, Veronica! Doing some prayerful reflection on “calling” is my first suggestion. You might pray with such questions as these. Do I desire to give myself in service for God? Do I feel drawn to deepen my relationship with God? Is there something about the way sisters are with each other that attracts me to living community life? Don’t panic. You’ll be glad to know you don’t have to have the answers right on the tip of your tongue. The questions are too important for quick responses. If you haven’t done so I think you’ll find the Vocation Match survey on Vision Magazine’s website helpful. Do you know any sisters? Spending time with them will help you know whether you can be yourself there, if you feel drawn to the sisters’ spirit.

      About debt! Religious communities have different policies about student loans and some treat each woman’s case individually. You’ll want to find out the various communities’ policies. If you’d like I’d be happy to talk with you about it. My number is 734-240-9820. Perhaps other readers have experience and would be able to share it with us.

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