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Simple40 - Day 34 - Discernment Simplified

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 - Palm Sunday is Tomorrow!

Isn't it nice when the path is laid out before you like this bridge pictured above? Straight path...solid walkway...guardrails...and even handrails to hold on to if your legs get shaky! If only discernment were this straightforward...


Inspired by the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, here are a few tips on discernment.


Approach your decision with an open mind and open heart. Try to leave your own preferences and desires out of the discernment process. There is no need to be afraid of what God has in store for you. Discernment is not true discernment if you are holding tightly to the reins!



Prayerfully bring your matter to God with a peaceful, honest heart. Place it before Him, asking for his guidance, then have patience as He reveals the answer or gives evidence of which way to go next. Many times, you can see how God is working through hindsight.



Have a generous spirit and be prepared to give God your YES. He sometimes has surprises for you that are not what you expect. He may be calling you on a simple, quiet path when you were expecting a lot of action, or vice versa.



Remember that God will equip you for the task He puts before you. Be not afraid! Trust in God and be courageous.


Lay all your cares about the future trustingly in God's hands

and let yourself be guided by the Lord like a little child.

~St. Edith Stein



Meet Servant of God Michelle Duppong.

Her story is one of being faithful to what Jesus is asking of you.

Pray for her intercession this Holy Week.



Have you recently discerned or decided on something but have not yet taken action? For the discernment process to be validated, you must act and move in the direction of your decision.

Discernment leads to action.

Action leads to clarity.

Clarity leads to SIMPLICITY!


This weekend, as you prepare for Holy Week, remember that you are about to enter a journey. Savor the process and use Holy Week as a means of retreat, restoration and renewal of your personal faith, as well as a time to participate more fully in the Church's sacramental life.



Palm Sunday brings with it the tradition of making crosses out of your blessed palms. A couple of my kids are really good at looking at a picture like the one above and just doing it. Others of us, like me, need a little more direction! Click the link below to see 4 different videos of 4 different palm crosses. Once the cross is done, slide it behind a crucifix on your wall or a favorite picture as a reminder. Simply beautiful and meaningful!


today's recipe


A favorite stew when we have left over pork roast

and when it's supposed to snow...again...


1 pound sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 pound cooked or uncooked lean pork loin cut into 1-inch pieces

1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles (14.5 oz)

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1⁄4 cup unsweetened orange juice

4 green onions, chopped

1⁄2 tsp sea salt

1⁄2 tsp ground cumin

1⁄4 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped



Place potatoes, pork, tomatoes, garlic, orange juice, green onions, salt, cumin and pepper in a slow cooker; cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.

Stir in lime juice and cilantro; cover slow cooker and cook for 5 minutes more.

Yields 4 servings


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