What does God want me to do with my life? And how can I discern God’s will for my day-to-day decisions? We all ask these questions and today Bishop Barron offers his advice. A listener also asks how Bishop Barron discerned his own call to the priesthood.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:30 – Bishop Barron’s recent Confirmations
  • 1:39 – The most difficult part about celebrating Confirmations
  • 2:31 – How do we discern our vocation or state in life?
  • 6:08 – How to specifically discern the priesthood or religious life?
  • 10:33 – Encouragement for people afraid of discerning the wrong path
  • 13:20 – How to discern God’s will in day-to-day decisions
  • 18:42 – The role of circumstances in discernment
  • 22:47 – Question from listener: how did Bishop Barron discern his call to the priesthood?

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13 comments on “WOF 019: How to Discern God’s Will for Your Life

  1. Carolyn Apr 19, 2016

    Great podcast. I enjoyed listening to it.

  2. jygie Apr 19, 2016

    God is good all the time

  3. Mary M. Apr 20, 2016

    What a beautiful podcast. Your content is always so deep and meaningful. This is the second one I’ve listened to and I got a lot out of it. How neat to hear someone of such deep, luminous faith talk about how to discern God’s will in our lives. Listening to you and reading your stuff has really changed my life since I came back to the Catholic Church a few years ago. I pray for you and your beautiful ministry every day.
    God bless you!

  4. Irene Apr 20, 2016

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been following the podcast since the very beginning and I absolutely love it. I listened to this episode exactly before meeting my spiritual director for the first time, and it was such a great encouragement!
    Thank you for all you do. God bless!

  5. Sarah Apr 20, 2016

    I’d like to reply to the question you asked during this podcast on discernment: why are we having this conversation right now? I have been keeping a prayer journal since Lent this year and have been trying to discern what more I could be doing to help others. This talk on discernment could not have happened at a better time for me in my life and I’m sure there are others who would say the same. Thank you and God bless you all.

  6. Sister Mary-Han Nguyen, OP Apr 20, 2016

    Excellent show!!!
    -The opening dialogue technique was “down on earth” which caught the people’s interest in the show.
    -Excellent content, solid but simple daily language
    -Dialogues led to different topics between the talk was excellent technique.
    -written plan and questions of the talk and more suggested resources are great ways for people to maximize one’s interest of the talk and its content in an advance way.
    -I am so happy for our Church that you made this show. Thank you so very much for all you do.
    May God bless you and continue to guide you to help our Church.

  7. Rick Rocha Apr 22, 2016

    I am blessed by your work, as I am certain are countless others. May God continue to strengthen, guide, and protect you.
    You offered the beautiful quote, “Lord, it is you who have accomplished all that I have done.” Could you please provide the specific verse?
    Peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ

  8. stevebatthany May 12, 2016

    Bishop Barron Is a wonderful prie st & spiritual guide

  9. Bishop Barron:

    Excellent program! You asked in this episode, “Why are we having this discussion?” You had it because God wanted me to listen to it. Five years ago, I left a career in banking to give my life to the Lord. Now with my Masters in Pastoral Theology, I am an adjunct professor of Theology, I write children’s books on the virtues and I am a Catholic Public Speaker. I have been trying to figure out where the Lord is taking me with all of this. Now, as a result of listening to your show, I know that He is taking me down the path of greatest love. I pray that you reach many people, and touch their lives as positively as this episode touched me. God bless, Virginia Lieto

  10. Thank you so much for all you do, Bishop Barron, and to all who make Word on Fire a powerful source of inspiration. I was hoping someone could answer this question. I think I am called to religious life, but lately the possibility of being a religious order priest has been intriguing to me. Do those looking to become a religious order priest study with those looking to be a diocesan priest? Would someone like me (if I were to make this decision) enter into the seminary like everyone else, or would I enter into something a little different? Thank you and God bless!

  11. Wow! It never ceases to amaze me how Bishop Barron offers advice that is so deep, meaningful and useful for a life time, in just one short phrase: do ‘what gives you the most abiding sense of peace.’
    Thank you and God bless!

  12. Louisa Haliscak Aug 13, 2021

    How can I get the free ebook How To Discern God’s Will For Your Life offered on face book in my email so I can download it?