Pope Francis asks Church for more formation in spiritual discernment

Pope Francis explains in his prayer intentions video for March that “the time in which we live calls us to develop a deep capacity for discernment.”

A woman appears in the video walking through a park with a map in her hand while trying to find the right path. She decides to ask various people for directions. However, each one of them gives her a different answer. 

Desperate because she can't find the answer, the woman decides to sit down on a bench. She puts the map down and asks God for help. Through her internal reflection, she discovers the answer she was looking for. 

The pope asks Catholics “to discern the Lord's voice among all the voices; which is His voice that drives us to the resurrection, the voice that frees us from falling into the culture of death.”

The Holy Father explains that everyone needs to internally decipher what the Lord asks of him or her to live with love and continue his mission of love.

Finally, Pope Francis asks the Church to recognize the urgent need for formation in spiritual discernment, on an individual level as well as in communities. 

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