Inspired Decision-Making:

Personal and Communal Discernment



Narrated by Dr. Christine Dacey, Professor, Psychology. (Read the introduction.)


Seven Attitudes or Qualities Required for an Authentic Discernment Process
An excerpt from Some Ignatian Principles for Making Prayerful Decisions by Warren Sazama, S.J.

Real Engagement with Ignatian Spirituality in the Professoriate
George W. Traub, SJ, and Debra K. Mooney, PhD.

Reflection Questions:

· What aspects of the Jesuit vision, mission, values, and identity do I privilege in my work?

· What aspects of Ignatian decision-making most resonate with me (e.g. a harmony of thoughts and feelings, Ignatian consolation and desolation, being aware of God's presence and will)? Why?

· Can I recall an important decision, work-related or personal, that I made that characterizes Ignatian discernment?

· There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, happiness, wisdom and love, it's the right choice.? (Angeles Arien, Anthropologist). How do I respond?

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