Discerning a call?
The Church traditionally uses the word Discernment for the process of making decisions in light of the Gospel. When a man feels moved by the Spirit to seek entrance to our brotherhood, he is invited to a one year period of discernment.
Getting Involved with God
Deep personal prayer is where discernment begins. Nothing fancy! Solitude, Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Church are all cherished places of Franciscan discernment. Take a course, make a retreat, read. Franciscan resources are available through the vocation office.
Getting involved with oneself
A spiritual director is essential to this kind of search. A friar or other religious in your area would be a good person with whom to share the details of your journey. Keep a journal! As you meet regularly with your director and friar contact, you will find more clarity.
Getting involved with others
When in discernment, it is important to be involved with the Church's mission. Try out the Church's ministry. See how it fits, reflecting on your experience with others like yourself who are discerning, and wait patiently. God does not move the heart without providing the grace to respond.
Meet with the Vocation Director – let him know if you are willing to join a discernment group in your area (Vocation Director of email address: firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SBFranciscans.Vocations)
Discern the Call: (http://www.sbvocations.blogspot.com)
Dating God (http://datinggod.org)
Sam’s Blog (http://nasada.blogspot.com)
Breaking in the habit (http://breakinginthehabit.org)
Let Your Life Speak – Parker J. Palmer
The Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements – Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF
Francis: The Journey and the Dream – Murray Bodo, OFM
Care for Creation – Ilia Delio, OSF, Keith Warner, OFM, Pamela Wood
The Treasure of a Poor Man – Bill Short, OFM
St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian – Bill Short, OFM