At Medaille House Community, we have an “inner room” where we come together in the evening to share what the day has been for us. I think of it in a way similar to the kitchen in Le Puy where the six Sisters gathered to share their day. We celebrate each other’s accomplishments and joys. We also just “hang out” with laughter and community.
Julie Tapia is studying New Testament this summer at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She celebrates getting to know the early Christian community that embraced the message of Jesus. Sister Otilia Lee and Sarah Montoya celebrate Otilia’s completion of an “Independence Day” crossword puzzle. Otilia is from South Korea so she knew very little about our 4th of July. This assignment was from the school she attends to learn English. Now she knows a bit more English and more United States history.
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 of Carondelet 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.
For more information about the Medaille Discernment Community, please contact Sr. Darlene Kawulok, CSJ at firstname.lastname@example.org