Resources for Listening and Discernment

Checklist of resources you need to run a Listening and Discernment Session:

One of the six themes

Listening and Discernment resource (available in different languages)

Scripture for your theme

Snapshot Report for your theme

It may also be helpful in focusing and guiding your session to see how these themes relate to numerous subthemes and the National picture. See how the wordclouds in the Snapshot Reports relate to LISTEN TO WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING – FINAL REPORT PHASE I: LISTENING AND DIALOGUE (File size: 67 mb)

After downloading the different resources and conducting your sessions, you can send the Writing and Discernment Group Leaders your responses through a form (limited to 1000 characters) at the bottom of this page. These responses will inform and guide the discussion of the Writing and Discernment groups, who will meet and discern on the themes, responses and other materials from September 2019 to early next year.

Let’s gather and pray together

Access Acknowledgement of Country and the provided prayer by downloading the Discernment guide.

Download the Plenary Council prayer HERE.

Let’s reflect

Choose your scripture readings relevant to your theme. For at least 20 minutes, take time to reflect individually in silence, pray with the scripture passage you have heard, and reflect on the information about the National Theme for Discernment your group is focused on.

To find the complete breakdown and guide questions for this step, download the Discernment Guide

Let’s share & listen

After your time of individual silent reflection, regather together as a group, sitting in a circle. There will be three rounds of sharing, listening and reflection. This practice of Spiritual Conversations is taken from the Ignatian tradition. It is a part of the Communal discernment process and provides a way for groups of people to listen to God, by listening to one another.

To find the complete breakdown and guide questions for this step, download the Discernment Guide

Let’s think nationally

The whole group reflects in silence for 5 minutes. During this time, think about the concrete, practical steps which could be taken to move forward in the thematic area you have been focused on today. Each person in the circle takes 2-3 minutes to share their ideas with the group. Once everyone has shared their ideas for action, your group’s task is to identify 2 or 3 emerging actions that can form the group’s submission to the theme’s Discernment and Writing Group.

To find the complete breakdown and guide questions for this step, download the Discernment Guide

Let’s think locally

The group to discuss any ideas which might be acted upon locally, in your own lives, in parishes, communities or schools or in other parts of your local neighbourhood.

To find the complete breakdown and guide questions for this step, download the Discernment Guide

Let’s give thanks

You may like to say together the prayed provided in the Discernment Guide, or pray the Plenary Council prayer, or just speak to God from your heart.

Let’s respond

Your group can send the outcomes of your Communal Discernment through the form below.