As we continue to wrestle with the current crisis, it is important that we continue to seek God’s guidance, rather than follow our own instincts or desires. Hearing God’s call in the midst of crisis is not easy, but the process of Communal Discernment is an important tool for us to use as we seek to follow God’s lead. William J. Byron, SJ, the former president of the Catholic University of America, has this helpful introduction to group discernment. I think every leader and member of a Pastoral Council, Finance Council, parish staff, or other parish team member should read this article as together we look for clarity in the midst of conflicting and confusing guidance.
Here is the link to the article: