Reflections of a Recovering “Pharisee”

In yesterday’s and today’s Gospel readings, Jesus had some harsh words for the pharisees – “You appear to people from outside like good honest men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” – Mt 23:28 Poor pharisees. As unsympathetic as they are in the gospels, I identify with them. I know what it is like to strive to appear good and God-fearing. I have always strove for that, from as early as I can remember, yet I only knew the form, []

What is ‘discernment’, really?

In the circles I move in, I often hear the term “discernment.” We ask people to discern before they make major decisions. We hear people saying that they are discerning what programme to study, what job to take, or whether they should marry. We hear people saying that they are discerning their mission or personal vocation. It is wonderful that so many people are trying to discern God’s will in their life, but sometimes I wonder how many of us really are equipped []