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`Discerning the way forward

I spent yesterday with a Carmelite trying to discern a way forward from a present situation. I can't claim to have been involved in this kind of activity very often, but it is a most valuable and rewarding calling to accompany a person at a crucial stage in that person's life. I myself could have done with a 'discernment companion' at various times in the past. It can be lonely and confusing facing up to decisions about the future. There are so many different and various ways that we can help and support each other! There is however a temptation to be avoided - telling a person what to do! With the right kind of support, people can find their own way.....

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