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Prayer and Spirituality



Prayer – conversation with God – is an integral part of the spiritual life, whether formal and systematic or free-form and casual. CLC encourages prayer as a regular habit, exercised in whatever manner best aids your spiritual growth and relationship with God.  We highly recommend praying with the Awareness Examen prayer (see link below)



As an organization based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, CLC strives to integrate Ignatian spirituality and encourage its members to use the many tools available in the Ignatian tradition. The Awareness Examen, contemplative prayer, and discernment of spirits are only a few aspects of the rich tradition and spirituality that make up Ignatian CLC prayer.



Discernment is about recognizing and responding more fully to the Spirit's lead in love and service. Discernment has two dimensions:

1.     Cultivating a "discerning heart" by choosing Christ in daily life through everyday experiences.

2.     Learning to choose and respond to Christ in bigger decisions through a process of discernment.  (PDF, 15 kb)

Regular prayer and spiritual direction are two habits essential in learning the art of discernment.  The CLC way of life involves discernment on a personal as well as communal basis.


Personal Vocation

"The foundation of CLC formation is the conviction that God calls each of us to a personal vocation, which reveals itself in our deepest inclinations and our most authentic desires." CLC Charism I


Hearing with the Heart: A Gentle Guide to Discerning God's Will in Your Life by Debra Farrington

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer

The Discerning Heart by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au

A Sacred Voice Is Calling by John Neafsey

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

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