The Word Among Us

November 2023 Issue

What Does God Want?

Practicing the Art of Discernment

By: Lorene Hanley Duquin

What Does God Want?: Practicing the Art of Discernment by Lorene Hanley Duquin

When a friend invited Carolyn McLean to come to a weekend retreat for people interested in prison ministry, she reluctantly agreed to attend. She had retired early to help her sick mother and didn’t think she had time for anything else. When the retreat leader asked everyone why they had come to the session, Carolyn replied, “I really don’t know why I’m here.”

Prison ministry volunteers had written letters that were distributed to the retreatants during the weekend. These letters described the...


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