Amanda Hernandez, shown here with Sister Ines Telles, CSJ, lived in community with us at Medaille House in Los Angeles, CA May through July, 2O018. Amanda interned at Alexandria House working with the toddlers and pre-school children in the child care program. We would like to share with you some of Amanda’s thoughts she left for us in a “thank you” note. She writes, “Thank you for welcoming me into your home and introducing me to true community. Although I came here for clarity, I am leaving with so many more questions than I came in with. This house has truly changed my heart, mind and spirit. Here the magic of the house has made me aware of inequality and social injustice through a different lens. It is home to the dearest neighbors.”
Amanda is the new harvest of women coming to the CSJ charism. Know of anyone who is discerning their next chapter? Invite them to discern with us.
For more information about the Medaille Discernment Community, please contact Sr. Darlene Kawulok, CSJ at email@example.com
Discernment is a life-long process of making choices that are informed by the reality of our lives. To make good choices is to discern well. Good discernment is a balance of listening to God, getting to know yourself and becoming aware of what your values are in life. When all three of these “voices” are in conversation with a spiritual director, good discernment happens.
Medaille House is the house of discernment sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in the Los Angeles Province. Medaille House is an intentional community where Sisters of St. Joseph and discerning women live together in community. We live interdependently sharing prayer, community responsibilities and our life journeys listening to God’s voice in the everydayness of our lives. Medaille House Brochure
A spiritual director is an individual who is aware of spiritual matters, prayer, human development and psychological development to be a “companion” on the journey with someone who is in discernment. Spiritual directors have a natural gift of listening deeply to the life experiences of their directees, walking with them and supporting them in their effort to make good choices. Spiritual directors invite directees to use different prayer styles, spiritual reading and journaling to be open to the invitation of the Holy Spirit. Always aware that the journey is personal and unique, spiritual directors respect their ministry of accompaniment.
Listen to the Life that wants to Live in you.