Discernment: Deep Listening and The Presence of God

Oblate School of Theology

Originally Published on the website of Oblate School of Theology

March 26 @ 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM


Saturday, Mar 26 | 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM Central Time | FREE ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM

Discernment is more than exploring what I want or what others want of me, rather what does God want of me? Contemplative discernment sorts, questions, senses, intuits movements of grace with a disposition of complete confidence and surrender to God – a dialogue of deep wills, borne of love and choice —  so that we are animated in fullness of being and action by the Holy Spirit. We learn to step forth in courage, to take risks in our choices that may lift us from our routines and open to us the door of a new being, a new reality.

Since the day you were born I have carried you along. I will still be the same when you are old and gray and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe.                           – Isaiah 46:3-4

Day of Prayer

This free day of prayer will take place on Saturday, March 26, 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM Central Time, ONLINE via Zoom Meeting.

Tentative Schedule

9:00 amWelcome, Introductions, Overview of the Day
9:10 amSession One:
–       Preparing the Heart to Receive
–       What is Discernment?
–       Discernment: A Method
Sharings, Reflections, and Wisdom Sharing
10:10 amBreak/Prayerful Movement
10:30 amCentering Prayer
11:05 amSession Two:
–       Discernment: A Method
–       Discernment Meditation Exercise
Sharings, Reflections, and Wisdom Sharing
12:10 pmClosing and Sending Forth


Mary Anne Best is a member and trustee of The Church of Conscious harmony, a contemplative Christian community in Austin, Texas, where she also serves as Abbess of The Journey School, a school of transformative spiritual psychology and practice. Previously, for many years, she served as development director for Contemplative Outreach, Ltd and worked with Thomas Keating in the last 10 years of his life to edit and produce new books and videos on the spiritual life. She is a mother and grandmother to two beloved grandchildren.

Registration Fee: FREE but must RSVP below

Please note: We will send you a Zoom link and login instructions via email approximately one week before the day of prayer begins.

This event will be recorded and will be available for viewing, through April 9, 2022. After the day of prayer has concluded, a follow-up email will be sent to registered participants that will include instructions on how to re-watch.

For information or to register by phone, contact Continuing Ed at continuinged@ost.edu or (210) 341-1366 EXT 240

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Contemplative Outreach-San Antonio at Oblate School of Theology is a communion of communities and individuals seeking the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit and contributing to the renewal of the Christian contemplative tradition through the practice of Centering Prayer. COSA, a local chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., nurtures the spiritual growth of our communion in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country by offering workshops in the method of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Welcoming Prayer Practice as well as retreats and other resources to deepen our relationship with God.