Don’t let endless discernment lead to ‘analysis paralysis’ – Detroit Catholic: Read Catholic News & Stories

Fr. Bede Jarrett, an English Dominican of the early 20th century, spoke in a letter to a friend of maintaining “consciousness of the impossibility of arriving at infallible decisions.” Knowing that I tend not only to mull possibilities over excessively before coming to a decision but also often to continue doubting decisions once I have finally made them, I was struck by the practical wisdom of Fr. Bede’s statement. How often do we today “remain open” to whatever God might be asking of us, all the while allowing such openness to keep us from ever acting? We “discern” perpetually to the exclusion of making a decision. This tendency can occur both in large life decisions such as vocational discernment and in smaller, everyday decisions. But true discernment requires a concrete choice upon which we act.  

Don’t let endless discernment lead to ‘analysis paralysis’ – Detroit Catholic: Read Catholic News & Stories

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