Last weekend was our vocations weekend at St. Albert's Priory. 15 men joined us to discern, and I gave the evening Vespers reflection/preaching on Saturday night. In the context of God's Divine Fatherhood, the theme I broach here is vocational discernment, especially certain tendencies today towards making it overly introspective. (This book written by a Dominican a number of years ago covers the subject in more depth.) Prayer, self-examination and reflection, spiritual direction, and seeking God's promptings on your heart, are all necessary and good parts of discernment. At the end of the day, though, God has already given each of us the grace to decide to follow him completely, whether with another in married life, or according to a particular charism in religious life. Contact Fr. Steve Maekawa, O.P., our vocation director, for more information on the Dominican charism and the Western Province.