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Cafechurch Making Good Decisions part 1

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Cafechurch Making Good Decisions part 1

  1. 1. Making good decisions Part One Cafechurch Tuesday 21st August 2018 Anne Pate
  2. 2. Gratitudes
  3. 3. How do I generally make decisions? • How have I made significant decisions in my life so far? What has guided my decision-making? • Of those significant decisions, how have I made the ones that have brought me life? Those that have been destructive? • What does this tell me about the way to make good decisions?
  4. 4. One cultural paradigm Self-determination has become a life mission. Some (American/western) cultural assumptions: • If a choice affects you, then you should be the one to make it. • The more choices you have, the more likely you are to make the best choice. • You must never say no to choice, including when it involves life or death decisions. Research shows that having this choice can make the outcome harder to live with afterwards, but people in our culture still want to have the choice.
  5. 5. Values Based Decision Making • Our values shape our decisions about priorities in daily life. • Our goals and life purpose are grounded in our personal values. • What we value determines what life means to us and what actions we take.
  6. 6. A graced collaboration with God Ignatian spirituality is taking your graces, your inspirations, your holy desires to serve God, and transforming them into action in everyday life.
  7. 7. Becoming more spiritually free To recognize how God is moving our heart, we need to be spiritually free, that is, willing to follow God’s call. This freedom is God’s gift: but we can ask for it and open ourselves to receive it. Mt 19:16-22 The rich young man Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Mt 26: 39-46 Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.”
  8. 8. Becoming more spiritually free What can we do when we realize our lack of freedom ie. a disordered attachment which distorts our decision-making? • Be honest: name and own your attachments • Hold yourself as if you are spiritually free and the attachment is removed • Pray for the opposite, asking God to transform your feelings and desires
  9. 9. An Examen for Discernment

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